LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY
EARLY CLOSING FOR HEALTH CENTER
The Livingston County Health Center will be closing at 4:00 p.m. today (WED) for building maintenance. They will reopen Thursday with regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
MISSING KIRKSVILLE MAN FOUND DEAD NEAR BRASHEAR
A Kirksville man missing for nearly a week has been found dead in his car outside Brashear, MO. Adair County Coroner Brian Noe said law enforcement officers discovered Jeremy Sutter, 21, dead in his car Monday evening. Noe told KTVO Sutter died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick said a farmer who was out checking cattle notified the sheriff’s office just after 8 p.m. Monday about an abandoned car on a dead-end gravel road called Paultown Way about a mile northeast of Brashear. The sheriff said the car was in a field right next to Paultown Cemetery. When deputies arrived, they found Sutter dead inside his car. Noe estimated he had been there a few days.
DRY CONDITIONS RESULTS IN GRASS FIRE MONDAY
Dry conditions helped fuel a fire Monday afternoon. The Chula Fire Department was called out to a grass fire about 7 miles south of Chula and the Chillicothe Fire Department was called in to provide a tanker truck . According to the report, about 20 acres were burned.
CHILLICOTHE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE
June 18th , 2018:
1. 10:24am, Officers responded to the parking lot of 1000 Graves St. in reference a report of a subject being held against their will. Investigation was unable to verify truth of the matter and subjects involved were arrested for drug offenses and incarcerated in Daviess/DeKalb County Regional Jail, pending filing of charges.
2. 2:37pm, Officers conducted further investigation involving the vehicle that was involved in (10:24am)previous arrest for drugs. These two investigations consumed a large portion of the dayshift.
3. 5:56pm, Officers assisted a motorist in the 200 block of Mack St., unhooking a trailer from their vehicle.
4. 7:34pm, Officers took a report of a recovered cell phone in the 1200 block of Alexander. The cell phone can be claimed at the PD.
5. 7:53pm, Officers responded to the 1400 block of Alexander in reference to possible child abuse. Investigation determined that the child abuse was merely a case of juvenile discipline.
6. Numerous citations were written for speeding, no insurance, driving while revoked and warnings for equipment violations…
7. Business and property security checks were made…
8. Chillicothe Police received 92 calls for service on 06/18/2018
TRUCK CATCHES FIRE AFTER CRASHING
Columbia police and firefighters responded to a crash on in northwest Columbia Tuesday night. It happened after 10:30 p.m. at the corner of Barberry Avenue and Grayson Drive. It appeared to involve one truck, which police said caught fire.
MOVIE IN THE PARK
Bring your family and enjoy ‘Movie in the Park’ in Marceline this Friday June 22nd. Chariton Valley is co-sponsoring this FREE Family-Fun event along with the Marceline Carnegie Library. It will take place in Ripley Park across the street from the library in downtown Marceline. The movie ‘Matilda’ will start at 8 pm, (maybe a little later if it is too light still). The movie ‘Matilda’ is described by one critic as ‘magical and fun with a very good message and positive role models!’ Chariton Valley will provide snacks and drinks. A drawing for an inflata-bull will be held for the kids. Bring your chairs and blankets and don’t forget the bug spray! Weather permitting.
OWENSVILLE MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTER STRIKING TREE
A man from Owensville was taken to the University Hopsital with serious injuries after traveling off the road and striking a tree Tuesday morning. According to a Highway Patrol report, 59-year-old Dibby Ditto of Owensville was northbound on MO 89 a half mile north of County Rd 803 at 9:35 a.m. when his vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and struck a tree. Ditto was transported to the hospital by Osage County EMS.
STOLEN MOPED RECOVERED AND ARRESTS MADE
On Monday, June 18, 2018, at approximately 8:26AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1600 block of N Olive in reference to a theft. Responding personnel learned that a moped had been stolen from a shed during the overnight hours. Investigation led officers to a home in the 900 block of Muldrow, where they contacted Kyle T Vansickle, age 26, and Lindsey N Lortie, age 34. While officers spoke with the two, Vansickle ran from the scene. Officers chased him through yards for about two blocks before he was taken into custody without injury. Vansickle was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for a Probation & Parole violation warrant. Lortie was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for a warrant out of Cole County. The stolen moped was recovered and returned to the owner. Additional charges are pending.
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NEAR HEAD ON COLLISION FOR HALLSVILLE & CENTRALIA DRIVERS
The patrol investigated a wreck in
An accident in
A two vehicle wreck on US 63, 4 miles south of
MPSD RESPONDS TO
Sunday at approximately , the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 2700 block of S. Clark in reference to a business’ dumpster being on fire. Responding personnel found the contents of the dumpster to be burning as well some of the wood on the fence that ran around the dumpster and some material sitting nearby waiting to be recycled. The fire had also spread to the corner of a nearby storage building and a grassy area across a driveway. The fire was contained and extinguished in those areas with the storage building and contents only suffering minor damage and part of the wooden fence suffering moderate fire damage. The precise cause of the fire is yet to be determined but there is no indication it was intentionally set. It appears the cause was careless use or disposal of smoking material. There were no injuries from the incident.
LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS (Weekend Summary)
The dangerously hot weather is holding on with strong grips throughout the area. Still, area events this past weekend were very successful including the Twin Parks Summer Festival in
ANNIMAL ABUSE CHARGES FOR
This past Friday, Brookfield Police responded to a residence in the 100 block of
A motorcycle rider from St. Catharine sustained serious injuries when he lost control on a curve on Route O, 3 miles north of Bevier around Saturday afternoon. The patrol said 66 year old Clarence R. Futhey was ejected when his southbound bike traveled off the roadway after hitting loose gravel. He was flown by Air Evac with serous injuries to
HEAD ON CRASH IN
A head on collision in
A New Florence man is dead and a
RALLS COUNTY ATV ACCIDENT INJURES CENTER
A 32 year old Center man was injured in an ATV accident on private property, 5 miles northwest of Center and a half a mile north of
HERMANN DRIVER HURT IN MOTORCYCLE WRECK
A Hermann resident was hurt in a motorcycle accident in
A collision around Friday morning at the intersection of US 63 and Route P in
Friday the Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that five companies are expanding in
Last week, the Macon Police Department, Macon County Sheriff's Office and North Missouri Drug Task Force Officers conducted a joint effort to serve felony arrest warrants in the city limits of
AROUND 300 BICYCLISTS EXPECTED FOR ANNUAL KATY TRAIL RIDE
Today is Monday, June 18th and approximately 200 bicyclists will begin a 232 mile journey from
2018 Katy Ride Itinerary
Sunday, June 17 Riders meeting at
Monday, June 18 Depart from
Tuesday, June 19 Depart from Hermann
Arrive at Bill Quigg Commons,
Wednesday, June 20 Depart from
Thursday, June 21 Depart from Boonville
Friday, June 22 Depart from
- Arrive at
For information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Columbia Police officers were called to the 2800 block of Mexico Gravel Road just after midnight Wednesday morning where a firearm was brandished. The investigation revealed a 24 year old woman and a one year old juvenile were inside a home in the area when the woman heard a knock at the door. When the woman answered the door, she saw a female and according to the news release, the female stepped back and three black male suspects forced their way into the home. One of the suspects brandished a firearm and held the victim while the other two searched the residence. One of the suspects struck the juvenile, who had minor injuries from the hit. The suspects took property from the victim before fleeing the area. Columbia Police are continuing their investigation and is asking anyone with any information to contact the department at(573) 874-7652, or call CrimeStoppers at (573) 875-TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.
MACON COUNTY WRECKS
A couple of wrecks were investigated by the Highway Patrol in Macon County Thursday. 21 year old Cody R. Hall of Macon received minor injuries around 6:30 Thursday night and was treated at Samaritan Hospital after he swerved to avoid another auto and drove off the right side of the road where he over corrected and his vehicle came to rest in a ditch and struck a fence. That occurred on Kestrel Avenue, south of Kermit Street, approximately 2 miles south of Macon. Earlier in the day around 4:45 pm, Tabitha M. Hubler of Anabel was attempting to make a left turn onto Olympic and turned in the path of a westbound vehicle on US 36 driven by A couple from Illinois. 68 year old Cathy S. Pierce and 70 year old Eran K. Pierce of East Peoria, Ill were transported to the Macon hospoital for treatment of minor injuries
KIDNAPPING SUSPECT ARRESTED IN MACON COUNTY
This past Monday night at approximately 9:30PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of Summit in reference to a child being taken without permission. Responding personnel spoke with the legal guardian of a male infant. The infant’s mother is Toinyia Combs, age 20 of Mexico. The guardian had met Combs in a public place, allowing Combs to visit with the infant. Combs then took the infant to a car and drove from the area, despite the guardian attempting to stop her.
Law enforcement statewide was notified of the incident, and at approximately 11:11PM, a Trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol located Combs and the infant in Macon County. The infant was returned to the guardian uninjured, and Combs was arrested and held in the Macon County Jail pending MPSD and the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney obtaining a warrant for Parental Kidnapping.
BUSY WEEKEND WITH LOTS OF ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA THIS WEEKEND
A number of events are scheduled around the area this weekend including the Kids Fishing Day at Wallace State Park, south of Cameran, the Brookfield Summer Festival and of course its Railroad Days in Moberly just to name a few. Another event that is scheduled is totally free takes place Saturday as Van Meter State Park where they will host two free, family friendly programs 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the park. Native American Games will be held at the park’s ball field where participants will learn about and play culturally important traditional games that Native Americans have used throughout history to teach children hunting skills and sacred stories and to build community. Mammal Mayhem will be held in the park’s small shelter house where participants will learn to identify the different types of mammals that live at the park and in other state parks around Missouri. Van Meter is home to a variety of species ranging from flying squirrels to bobcats. When hiking, camping or just spending time in nature, it is common to find mammal tracks, scat, fur and other signs of mammal habitation. Van Meter State Park is located 12 miles north of Marshall on Highway 122, Miami. For more information about the event, call the park at 660-886-7537.
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CHILLICOTHE POLICE WARN OF SCAM
On Wednesday, the Chillicothe Police Department reported a scam going around by telephone. According to the report, residents have received calls that appear to be from the PD itself. The reports are that the scammers are using the Chillicothe Police Department phone numbers and requesting the citizen’s address, so they can send the citizen an envelope, and the citizen can mail the scammer money for donations. The Chillicothe Police Department wants everyone to know this is a scam and they are not requesting donations
SEARCH WARRANT SERVED AS PART OF MULTI MONTH INVESTIGATION
Two people were arrested and a large amount of drugs were seized following a search warrant on a residence in the 1400 block of Polk Street in Chillicothe. According to the release, members of the PD along with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant around 4 PM on Tuesday, June 12th. Two people were arrested….47 year old Rodney Henderson, and 34 year old Mandy Stover. They were charged with possession of a controlled substance w/intent to distribute and endangering the welfare of a child. The report indicates that officers seized a substantial amount of methamphetamine and marijuana in addition to evidence of narcotics distribution. The narcotics search warrant is part of a multi-month investigation involving the Chillicothe Police Department, the Lafayette County Drug Task Force and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Both suspects were still in custody at the Daviess DeKalk Regional Jail at last word.
NEW COUNTIES ADDED IN ATTEMPT TO KEEP CWD FROM SPREADING
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has expanded its restrictions on feeding deer and placing minerals for deer to seven new counties in response to finding cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in or near them. The seven new counties are: Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Grundy, Madison, McDonald, Mercer, and Perry. The feeding ban for these seven new counties becomes effective July 1st, These seven new counties join 41 existing counties of the Department’s CWD Management Zone where feeding deer and placing minerals for deer is restricted. The Zone consists of counties in or near where cases of the disease have been found. The 48 counties are: Adair, Barry, Benton, Bollinger, Boone, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Carroll, Cedar, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dade, Franklin, Gasconade, Grundy, Hickory, Jefferson, Knox, Linn, Livingston, Macon, Madison, McDonald, Mercer, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Ozark, Perry, Polk, Putnam, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, St. Charles, St. Clair, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, St. Louis, Stone, Sullivan, Taney, Warren, and Washington. According to the Wildlife Code of Missouri, the placement of grain, salt products, minerals, and other consumable natural and manufactured products used to attract deer is prohibited year-round within counties of the CWD Management Zone. Exceptions are feed placed within 100 feet of any residence or occupied building, feed placed in such a manner to reasonably exclude access by deer, and feed and minerals present solely as a result of normal agricultural or forest management, or crop and wildlife food production practices. “CWD is spread from deer to deer and the potential for transmission increases when deer are unnaturally congregated,”
ENROLLMENT DEADLINE FOR DAIRY FARMERS EXTENDED
The USDA has extended the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy until June 22nd. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin, the difference between the price of milk and feed costs, falls below leverls of protection selected by the applicant. USSA has already issued more than $80 million for margi ns triggered in February, March and April and USDA offices are continuing to processing remaining payments daily. The re-enrollment deadline was previously extended through June 8th as many producers were in the field. The deadline is being extended a second time to ensure that dairy producers are given every opportunity to make a calculated decision and enroll in the program if they choose. This will be the last opportunity for producers to take advantage of this years program.
FAY CANNOT RUN FOR JUDGE DESPITE PARDON OF FELONIES
Linn County lawyer Josh Fay cannot run for judge due to prior felonies, despite a governor's pardon. The Western District Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision to keep Joshua Fay from running in the August primary for Linn County associate circuit judge according to a story posted on KMIZ.com. Fay received a pardon in 2016 from then-Gov. Jay Nixon for three felonies he pleaded guilty to in 1995. The court wrote that while Nixon's pardon may clear his felony convictions, it did not erase the fact that Fay entered guilty pleas. State law prohibits a person from running for office if they have plead guilty to a felony. The court heavily cited the 2016 state Supreme Court decision Hill v. Boyer that kept a man from getting a concealed carry permit due to his prior guilty pleas to felony charges. The high court said that state law stops someone from getting a permit if they plead guilty to a felony, despite Hill completing his probation 40 years before applying for the permit, and arguing that the completion "obliterated" his felony convictions. The appeals court in Fay's case said it was concerned about the court's focus on the wording of the state's disqualification law, giving power of the pardon to the legislative branch. "Hill gives the legislature power to dictate the effect of gubernatorial pardons despite the fact that the Constitution gives the pardon power to the executive rather than the legislative branch." Anthony Bonuchi, Fay's attorney, said they would be asking the Supreme Court to both consider their case, and reconsider the Hill decision. "As it stands today, the scope of the governor’s constitutional pardon power—which in our system serves as a vital safety value against individual injustices and unnecessarily harsh results that can from time to time occur in our criminal law—is in doubt," Bonuchi told ABC 17 News. Ivan Schraeder, attorney for Linn County, did not respond to an email seeking comment.
KIRKSVILLE MAN DIES IN ACCIDENT
A Kirksville man is dead following an accident in Adair County, one mile north of Kirksville on Highway 63 around 3:20 Tuesday afternoon. The patrol said 80 year old Gene D. McVey was southbound when his vehicle ran off the road and overturned. According to various sources, McVey was pinned under the truck when it overturned. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Adair County Coroner, Brian Koe and his body was taken to Travis Noe Funeral Home. The patrol was assisted by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department and Adair County First Responders.
MILAN WOMAN FLOWN TO HOSPITAL FOR TREATMENT FOLLOWING WRECK
A Milan woman sustained serious injuries at 8:15 PM last (Tues) night. The patrol said 23 year old Jakeob T. Stark of Unionville was southbound on Missouri 5, 2 miles north of Milan and was distracted by a cell phone, and swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway. His vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Stark had minor injuries and was transported by Sullivan County Ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan for treatment. A passenger, 26 year old Cassie M. Sotz of Milan sustained serious injuries and was transported to University Hospital in Columbia by Life Flight Eagle. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department, Sullivan County First Responders, and the Sullivan County Rural Fire Department provided assistance on the scene
BOONE COUNTY ONE CAR WRECK
A Bourbon, MO driver received moderate injuries in Boone County just before 3am Tuesday in addition to being arrested on 12 charges related to that crash. The patrol said 35 year old Tabitha L. Freeman was northbound on US 63 at Turkey Creek when her vehicle went off the roadway, struck a concrete bridge rail and began to rotate. The vehicle then returned to the roadway and went off the other side of the road and came to rest facing southbound. The driver was transported to University Hospital for treatment. In addition, the patrol arrested the driver on 12 charges. 1) FELONY DELIVERY OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE 2) FELONY POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, METHAMPHETAMINE, 23 GRAMS 3) PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS, 3 GRAMS - FELONY 4) POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 37 PILLS - ALPRAZOLAM 5) POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, 1 PILL - ACETAMINOPHEN AND HYDROCODONE 6) POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE - LESS THAN 1 GRAM OF HEROIN 7) POSSESSION OF LESS THAN 35 GRAMS OF MARIJUANA 8) POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA 9) DRIVING WHILE SUSPENDED 10) C&I OPERATION INVOLVING AN ACCIDENT 11) DWI - DRUGS 12) NO INSURANCE.
FULTON DRIVER RECEIVED MINOR INJURIES IN WRECK
An 18 year old man from Fulton sustained minor injuries and was taken to Fulton Medical Center for treatment after an accident on County Road 204, one and a half miles east of County Road 305 in Callaway County shortly after 9 o’clock last (TUES) night. The patrol said Michael A. Hyde served to miss a deer and struck a fence.
NO INJURIES FOR IOWA DRIVER – TRUCK TOTALED IN KNOX COUNTY
KTVO.com reports a driver was able to walk away after his box truck was totaled when it crashed into dense woods in rural Knox County Tuesday afternoon. According to NEMO News, Michael Wolfe, 32, of Newton, Iowa, was driving northbound on Missouri Highway 11 approximately 1.5 miles east of the Adair County line when he hit the side of a bridge, lost control of his vehicle and left the right side of the road. The Box Truck then went down an embankment and into the woods near the highway. The vehicle hit several trees, which demolished the front end of the truck and ripped open the cargo container which held a load of tires. Wolfe, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was not injured. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the box truck was a total loss. The Knox County Ambulance District, Knox County Rescue Squad, Baring Volunteer Fire Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol were on scene.
AREA ARRESTS BY PATROL IN PAST 24 HOURS
State Troopers have made several arrests involving people from the area. 36 yerar old Curtis O. Clevenger of Cameron was charged with Felony Driving while Intoxicated – Chronic Offender, Felony No Valid Operators’ License – 3rd Offence and Felony Fleeing. He was arrested in Clinton County at 8:15 last (TUES) night and was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department. 46 year old Robbie N. Watson of Chillicothe is on a 12 hour hold at the Daviess Dekalb Regional Jail on a Driving while Intoxicated 1st offense misdemeanor charge as well as a lane violation. He was picked up shortly after 10 o’clock last (TUES) night in Dekalb County. 22 year old Ridge L. Clevenger of Columbia was arrested around 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon on two charges including DWI – Drug Intoxication and Careless and Imprudent Driving involving a traffic crash. He was taken to the Boone County jail pending bond. 32 year old Nathan R. McKim of Novinger has has been arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed on a 24 hour hold at the Adair County Jail. In addition, 37 year old Lisa M. Wilson of Novinger has been charged with possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Adair County Jail and later released. McKim and Wilson were both arrested at 10:17 AM Tuesday morning. And finally, at 9:10 AM Tuesday, 33 year old Christopher M. Dussetschleger was charged with felony driving without a valid driver’s license – 3rd offense as well as Failure to Affix plates to vehicle. He was taken to the Audrain County jail on the bondable charges.
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MOBERLY POLICE CONTINUE INVESTIGATION AFTER WOMAN FOUND DEAD NEAR ROAD
The Moberly Police Department responded to a report of a dead body along a roadway and they say foul play is not suspected. In a news release Sunday, police say the body was that of a female who was discovered just north of the intersection of Highway 24 and Robertson Road.
CHILLICOTHE MAN DROWNS IN THOMPSON RIVER
A Chillicothe man died just before 5:30 pm Saturday in Livingston County. The patrol reports 18 year old Michael D. Cappell of Chillicothe was in the Thompson River, 2 miles north of the Grand River, approximately 2 miles west of Chillicothe when he entered an area of deep water. The man was unable to swim and drowned. His body was recovered by Missouri State Highway Patrol Marine Operations Troopers just before 6pm and was transported to Lindley Funeral Home in Chillicothe after being pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston County Deputy Coroner. The Livingston County Sher’ffs Department, Livingston County First Responders, Trenton Dive Team, Bethany Dive Team, and Missouri Task Force One K-9 provided assistance on the scene. This would also mark the first death on Troop H waterways this year as no other boating or drowning incident reports are listed for 2018 in the Troop H area.
DRIVER FALLS ASLEEP AND CRASHES INTO TELEPHONE POLE
A Milan driver received minor injuries in a one vehicle wreck in Sullivan County around 11 o’clock last (SUN) night. The patrol said 29 year old Yol D. Bol was eastbound on County Road Silver Road, 5 miles south of Milan when he fell asleep. The vehicle rand off the right side of the roadway and struck a telephone pole. The driver was transported by Sullivan County Ambulance to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan for treatment. The patrol was assisted by the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department.
THREE PEOPLE INJURED IN RALLS COUNTY ACCIDENT
The highway patrol reports three people were injured shortly after 6 o’clock Saturday night in Ralls County on Route J, 4 miles north of Perry. A northbound vehicle driven by 43 year old Jennifer R. Andrews was coming to a stop when it was hit from behind by another northbound auto driven by 33 year old Jodi L. Butler of Warrenton. Both drivers and a passenger in the Andrews auto, 40 year old Gary L. Jefferies of Hannibal had moderate injuries and were transported by Ralls County Amublance to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment. The Ralls County Sheriff’s Department, Perry PD and Perry Fire Department provided on-scene assistance.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT SATURDAY
A motorcycle accident occurred at Highway 19 at the North Outer Road in Montgomery County at 1:20 PM Saturday. The patrol said 28 year old Daniel S. Tooley was making a right turn and hit an unknown oil based liquid in the roadway causing the cycle to slide and overturn. Tooley wasn’t injured, however 30 year old Trisha E. Vernon of California sustained minor injuries and was transported to Hermann Regional Hospital by Montgomery County Ambulance.
FULTON MOTORCYCLIST TAKEN TO HOSPITAL
A man from Fulton was injured and taken to University Hospital in Columbia following a Callaway County accident on Route HH at County Road 214. The patrol said 23 year old Dillon M. Wood was southbound during the noon hour Sunday and failed to negotiate a curve. His motorcycle went off the road striking a ditch. The extent of his injuries wasn’t listed.
BOAT CAPSIZES AT THOUSAND HILLS STATE PARK
KTVO and KTVO.com has now learned what caused a 16-foot bass boat to capsize Saturday evening on Forest Lake at Thousand Hills State Park. Water Patrol Officer Ray Jagger with the Kirksville Police Department said Sunday morning that the boat sank because it was overloaded with people and equipment. He said the watercraft was equipped with a lot of extra lighting. Jagger said the boat capsized about 100 yards from the area of the park called "The Point." The five people onboard were rescued by employees of the Kirksville Police Department, Thousand Hills Marina and Missouri State Parks. Jagger told KTVO no one was injured in the incident. KTVO’s first story said Emergency crews responded to the report of a boat sinking at Thousand Hills State Park near Kirksville early Saturday night. According to a witness on scene, the boat had roughly six people on board. The craft took on water quickly as it left the marina area.
A bystander at 'The Point' called emergency personnel. Those crews as well as other bystanders worked to retrieve the boat from Forest Lake and pull it to shore. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.
COLUMBIA POLICE SEARCHING FOR DRIVER AFTER HIT AND RUN IN DOWNTOWN AREA
The Columbia Police Department is investigating and looking for a driver involved in a hit and run Sunday night in downtown Columbia. According to the report police were called just before 10:30 Sunday night when a car ran a red light and hit a car of broadway. No one was injured and police do have a suspect in the case
TWO TRENTON TEENAGERS INJURED IN THURSDAY NIGHT ATV ACCIDENT
A car and ATV collision sent two Trenton teenagers to the hospital. The patrol said an ATV driven by 14 year old Riley G. Rorebeck of Trenton had navigated a turn from NW 40th Street onto NW 50th Street. An SUV operated by 22 year old Kyle D. Perry of Jamesport was westbound on 50th Street and struck the ATV from behind, ejecting the driver and a passenger, identified as 15 year old Garit M. Leper of Trenton. Leper had serious injuries and Rorebeck sustained minor injuries. Both were transported by Grunday County EMS to Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton for treatment. That accident happened just before 8:30 pm in Grundy County, about 4 miles east of Brimson.
A Jefferson City, MO man received moderate injuries in an accident involving a farm tractor Thursday morning. According to a Highway Patrol report, Jerome Kampeter was eastbound Thursday morning on U.S 54 at Route J when he lost control of his vehicle, traveled off the right side of the road, and overturned when re-entering the highway. Kampeter was transported by ambulance to a Jefferson City hospital.
STREET FIGHT MAY HAVE LET TO MAN BEING HIT BY CAR
On Wednesday, at approximately 11:00PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 300 block of Craig Street in reference to a person being hit by a car. Responding personnel learned that Amanda Walker, age 21 of Laddonia, was traveling south on Craig street when she struck Richard Dollens, of Mexico, who was in the roadway. This apparently occurred after Dollens and another man were in a fight in the 700 block of MacFarlane and a group of people gathered leading to other, smaller fights breaking out. Walker’s vehicle received damage from the crash. Dollens complained of pain to his left side and he was later taken to SSM Health / St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain by friends and family. His injuries were treated and he was released. MPSD is continuing the investigation to determine appropriate charges against the various people involved.
PATROL TROOP B ARRESTS
A Kirksville man was arrested just after 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon. The Patrol reports 52 year old Fred K. Craig was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine. He’s being held on a 24 hour hold at the Adair County Jail. At 1:50 pm yesterday, 29 year old Clayton W. Munn of Kirksville was picked up and charged with felony resisting arrest along with felony Adair County warrants for Burglary and Forgery.
5TH ANNUAL TRACTOR CRUISE REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is holding its fifth annual Keep Missouri Farming Tractor Cruise on July 21, 2018. Tractors will travel through Buchanan County, Missouri, on a 38-mile loop that will begin and end at the Ag Power John Deere dealership at the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 36 and SE State Hwy. Z. The tractor cruise begins at 9 a.m. Entry fees are $35 for open-station tractors and $50 for air-conditioned cab tractors. The fee includes a Farm Bureau gift, an event photo, lunch and snacks. Model year 1985 and older tractors are welcome. Participants that register on or before July 7 will be entered into a drawing for door prizes. Spectators can view the tractors up close at the lunch stop at the FFA building in Gower, Missouri. Lunch for non-participants is $8 for adults and $4 for children. The cruise will again include a poker run for participants. The Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture was established in 1996 to provide a dedicated funding source for agricultural education and leadership development programs. Registration information, sponsorship information, official rules and a route map are available at Missouri farm bureau dot org. mofb.org/FoundationForAg.aspx
LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS
SERIOUS INJURIES IN ATV ACCIDENT
A Huntsville man received serious injuries when the ATV he was riding overturned. The patrol said 66 year old Randall L. Welch sustained serious injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia. This accident occurred on private property three miles south of Huntsville. Several agencies assisted at the scene including The Randolph County Sheriff’s office Randoloph County Fire, Randolph County FireAmbulance and Air Evac.
FIVE NOW CHARGED IN DEATH OF MAN ENCASED IN CONCREETE IN FULTON STORAGE SHED
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Five people have been charged in the death of a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found encased in concrete months after he disappeared. Two of those arrested and charged Tuesday ran the home in Fulton where 31-year-old Carl DeBrodie lived before he disappeared in 2016. His body was found in April 2017 in a Fulton storage shed. Callaway County Prosecutor Christopher Wilson announced that 53-year-old Sherry Paulo and 58-year-old Anthony R. Flores, both of Fulton, face five counts in DeBrodie's death, including first-degree involuntary manslaughter. The three others face misdemeanors of making a false report of a missing person.A lawsuit filed last week alleged Paulo and Flores took DeBrodie to their home, forced him to fight and then left him to die before disposing of his body.
BROOKFIELD BRIEFING ISSUED POLICE BUSY
Drug Arrest - On May 23 at 2346 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of North Main Street. Upon making contact with the driver, Chad Bond, 34 of Lancaster, Kansas, Bond advised that he didn’t have a valid license. Dispatch confirmed Bond’s suspended status out of Kansas. Bond was then placed under arrest. During a search of Bond’s person, incident to arrest, officers recovered a small baggie with a crystal-like substance consistent with methamphetamine. At that time, the passenger, identified as Sarah Roettgen, 33 of St. Joseph, was asked to exit the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, officers recovered additional methamphetamine, syringes, baggies and a scale. Roettgen and Bond where then transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. While at the police station, officers recovered a small box from Roettgen’s left hip pocket. Inside the box was a crystal-like residue that would field-test positive for methamphetamine. Both Bond and Roettgen have each been charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance with bond set at $20,000.00 cash or surety.
No Valid Operator’s License - On May 25 at 0023 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of South Brunswick and Thompson Streets. It was found through a routine NCIC/MULES check that the driver, George Zumick, 39 of Brookfield, didn’t have a valid operator’s license. Zumick was arrested at 0031 hrs. and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Zumick was released at 0057 hrs. with an Associate Court summons for No Valid Operator’s License.
Burglary - On May 25 at 1222 hrs., officers took a report of a theft. The reporting party stated that sometime between May 23 and May 25, an unknown suspect(s) removed a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs yard decoration from their garage in the 300 block of Sanford Street. The reporting party also advised that a white in color fireproof lock-box was taken from their vehicle. The lock-box contained approximately $1,000.00 in cash, a silver wedding ring set, and a Churchill Driveway pocket watch. The reporting party valued the stolen items at $3290.00. The investigation is ongoing.
Drug Arrest - On May 26 at 1818 hrs., officers, accompanied by Probation & Parole, responded to a residence in the 100 block of East Robard Street for a home visit of a Katlyn Fainter, 20 of Brookfield. Upon arrival, officers were met by Fainter and David Norval Jr., 38 who also resides at the address. During a search of the residence, officers recovered several baggies with residue that would field-test positive for methamphetamine. Officers also recovered several used syringes and homemade smoking pipes. Fainter and Norval have each been charged with Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and Unlawful Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Bond was set at $20,000.00 cash or surety each.
Burglary - On May 27 at 1207 hrs., officers responded to the 1000 block of Courtland Street for a report of a delayed burglary. The reporting party stated that sometime between May 22 and May 27, an unknown suspect(s) entered the residence and took a 65 inch projection television from a bedroom. Officers observed signs of forced entry to the back door. The reporting party valued the television at $50.00. The investigation is ongoing.
Driving While Suspended/Revoked - On May 27 at 2327 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop on US 36 near the East city limits. A routine NCIC/MULES check showed that the driver, Olivia Hatch 25 of Chicago, Illinois, had a suspended/revoked operator’s license. Hatch was arrested at 2343 hrs. and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Hatch was later released with Associate Court summonses for Driving While Suspended/Revoked and Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit (20 - 25 MPH).
Judicial Order Arrest - On May 29 at 0920hrs., officers arrested Casondra Johnston, 50 of Brookfield, in the 300 block of Burnham Street on a Judicial Order. Johnston was transported to the Brookfield Police Department and later transferred to the Missouri Department of Corrections to serve a 120 day detention.
Warrant Arrest - On May 29 at 1502 hrs., officers arrested Daniel Clapp, 36 of Brookfield, in the 700 block of Market Street on a Probation/Parole warrant for violating the terms of court-ordered supervision. Clapp was transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing and later turned over to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office to be held on a $25,000.00 cash-only bond.
Robbery/Assault - On May 29 at 1534 hrs., officers took a report of a robbery and assault. The reporting party stated that he was approached by two suspects in a maroon pickup near the 400 block of South Main Street. The reporting party stated that he was assaulted by the suspects and that the suspects stole his lawnmower. The victim was unable to give a brand name or size of the mower as it was given to him by his aunt. The victim declined medical treatment and the investigation is ongoing.
Warrant Arrest - On May 30 at 1455 hrs., officers arrested Elijah Brown, 36 of Brookfield, in the 500 block of East Wood Street on an outstanding St. Charles County Department of Corrections warrant for Non-support. Brown was transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Brown was released at 1600 hrs. after posting the $2676.02 cash-only bond.
Driving While Intoxicated - On May 31 at 0535 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of West Helm Street. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Gage Maxwell, 21 of Brookfield, officers observed several signs of impairment. After a series of Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, Maxwell was arrested at 0558 hrs. and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Maxwell refused to provide a sample of his breath, so a warrant was obtained for a sample of Maxwell’s blood. At approximately 0806 hrs., a sample of Maxwell’s blood was obtained. Maxwell was later released with Associate Court summonses for Driving While Intoxicated and Exceeding the Posted Speed Limit (20 - 25 MPH).
No Valid Operator’s License - On May 31 at 1038 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop of a motorcycle in the 200 block of East Helm Street. It was found through a routine NCIC/MULES check that the driver, Jesse Brock, 20 of Columbia, didn’t have a valid operator’s license. Brock was arrested at 1049 hrs. and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Brock was released at 1116 hrs. with a Municipal Court summons for Operating a Motorcycle Without a Valid Operator’s License.
Vehicle Crash - On May 31 at 1743 hrs., officers responded to the intersection of North Monroe and East Brooks Streets for a report of a two-vehicle crash. Gary Kitchen, 73 of Bucklin, was traveling southbound on North Monroe Street in a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis when the Mercury was struck on the passenger side by a 1998 Dodge pickup driven by Curtis Gammill, 73 of Brookfield. Gammill stated that he was distracted by his passenger and failed to stop at the stop sign. The Mercury sustained moderate damage while the Dodge sustained minor damage. Gammill was issued Municipal Court summonses for Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign and Failure to Display a Valid City Sticker.
Warrant Arrest - On May 31 at 2135 hrs., officers arrested Matthew Groves, 45 of Brookfield, in the 200 block of Macon Street on an outstanding no-bond warrant out of Dallas County for Child Neglect. Groves also had an outstanding warrant out of Clinton County for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Unlawful Use/Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (bond $415.45 cash-only). Groves was turned over the Linn County Sheriff’s Office for transport to the Macon County Jail.
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ONE PERSON INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK
A one vehicle accident in Callaway sent a Holts Summit driver to the hospital. The patrol said 26 year old Kirk R. Stafford was eastbound on Route AA at County Road 4005 at 6am Monday when his vehicle went off the road, struck a tree and overturned. Stafford received serious injuries and was transported via Staff for Life to University Hospital in Columbia.
HIGH SPEED CHASE WITH STOLEN VEHICLE LANDS SHELBINA MAN IN JAIL
KHQA TV is reporting on their website several area authorities were involved in a chase that ended in Monroe City Sunday afternoon. According to the report On Sunday afternoon, the Monroe City Police Department was contacted by Monroe County Joint Communications in regards to a vehicle pursuit with a stolen vehicle initiated by the Shelbina Police Department and the MIssouri State Highway Patrol on Highway 36 headed west towards Monroe City. Monroe City Officers responded to the area of Stoddard Street and Highway 36. The suspect vehicle entered Monroe City and headed eastbound on Stoddard Street and proceeded to flee from officers. The vehicle eventually crashed on West Border Street and the driver, Ryan William Albin, fled on foot. Albin was taken into custody following a short foot pursuit. Albin, 26 of Shelbina, was transported to the police department on a 24-hour investigative hold. After he was processed, the Shelbina Police Department took Albin into custody and transported him to the Shelby County Jail. Charges are pending prosecutor review. In the original story, Shelbina Police confirmed a stolen vehicle was recovered during a a pursuit in Monroe City, Sunday and that a subject was in custody. According to the departments Facebook page, police found numerous power tools inside the carbelieved to be stolen from the surrounding area. If someone has had a theft, you’re asked to contact the Shelbina Police Deparmtnet as the investigation is still ongoing.
PEDESTRIAN HIT AND RUN IN MOBERLY MONDAY
Moberly Police were busy investigating a a reported hit and run accident involving a pedestrian. Police say they were called to the intersection of Epperson and Lee Streets on Monday after reports of a vehicle accident involving a pedestrian and the vehicle then leaving the scene. A 17 year old from Moberly was transported to MRMC for leg injuries. Officers learned a vehicle that had left the scene of the crash hit a 17-year-old boy from Moberly. The teenage boy was taken to MRMC for leg injuries.The driver of the vehicle was identified as a 16-year-old girl from Moberly. She was found and detained for leaving the scene of an accident.
HABITAT RESTORATION PROJECT UNDERWAY AT SWAN LAKE
A major project is underway near Sumner. A project that encompasses nearly 2000 acres at Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuse. A One Million Dollar grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act and 2.14 Million Dollars in matching funds from project partners is providing the necessary funding. The projects purpose is to expand the amount of wetland habitat while converting portions of the higher ground to grassland.
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06/1/18 – 06/04/18
THREE INJURED IN MONROE COUNTY WRECK SATURDAY
A one-vehicle wreck in Monroe County just before noon Saturday sent three people to the hospital. The patrol reports Madison S. Hadley of Monroe City was behind the wheel on Monroe County Road 595, six miles south of Monroe City at 11:55 AM when her vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree. The driver and a passenger, 17 year old Jarrad W. Verdeir of Palmyra both received moderate injuries and were transported to Harland Regional Hospital in Hannibal. Another passenger, Alivia D Graddy of Vandalia had minor injuries and was also transported to Hannibal Regional. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Monroe City Fire Department and Monroe County Ambulance assisted at the scene.
PALMYRA DRIVER SUSTAINED MODERATE INJURIES IN MARION COUNTY WRECK
A 21 year old Palymra man received moderate injuries and was transported to Hannibal Regional Hospital following a one vehicle accident in Marion County on Highway 168, approximately 4 miles west of Palmyra at 2:22 PM Saturday afternoon. The patrol reports a pickup operated by 21 year old Nathan M. Smith of Palmyra ran off the roadway. The driver overcorrected and the vehicle overturned and came to rest on its wheels in a field. The Palmyra Fire Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Department and Marion County EMS provided assistance.
CENTRALIA RESIDENTS INJURED IN ACCIDENT
The patrol investigated an accident early Saturday morning in Boone County on Pinnacles Road, north of the Highway 63 Crossover. 29 year old Boone L. Lee of Centralia was the driver of a sport side by side utility vehicle when the vehicle struck a guardrail at the end of the roadway and became airborne, ejecting the driver and a passenger, identified as 31 year old Ashley M. Dodge of Centralia. Dodge had moderate injuries while Lee sustained serious injuries. Both were taken to University Hospital for treatment by Boone County Ambulance. Lee was charged with DWI – Alcohol with Physical Injury and Careless and Imprudent operation of a utility vehicle.
EARLY MORNING THUNDERSTORM PLAYS PART IN DEKALB COUNTY WRECK
Thunderstorms moving through the area Saturday morning downed a tree across parts of the southbound lane of US 69 in Dekalb county. The patrol crash report said 43 year old Kiristie L. Nichols was southbound on US 69 at 5:15 AM Saturday and came upon a tree that had fallen across the highway. The driver attempted unsuccessfully to avoid striking the fallen tree. She lost control and the auto went off the right side of the roadway where it struck another tree. The vehicle came to rest off the west side of the roadway on its wheels. The driver was transported to a hospital in St. Joseph for treatment of minor injuries.
BOONE COUNTY FISHERMAN FINDS MORE THAN FISH SATURDAY AFTERNOON
KMIZ.com reports the Missouri State Highway Patrol was called to investigate after a car was found in Perche Creek Saturday afternoon. Firefighters with the Boone County Fire Protection District said they were originally called to the area off South Old Plank Road just before 4 p.m. after a fisherman found the car with sonar equipment. Firefighters confirmed a car was in the water, but said they didn't know if anyone was hurt or inside the car. The Highway Patrol was called in to retrieve the car. Locals the car has been in the water for decades. Troopers confirmed the car looked old. The Highway Patrol said divers may return to the scene in a few days.
COLUMBIA MAN IN HIGHWAY 63 WRECK SUNDAY AFTERNOON
The Highway patrol said 51 year old Ronald J. Voeglie of Columbia was the driver of a southbound vehicle on US 63, just south of Dripping Springs Road that went off the roadway and struck a guardrail. The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment.
PATROL ARREST REPORTS
A Kirksville woman was arrested by the Highway Patrol at 9:22 PM in Adair County and charged with DWI-1st offense and failure to use a turn signal. She was taken to the Adair County Jail and then released.
MARCELINE POLICE REPORT
On Friday, June 1st the Marceline Police Department issued their Police Brief on their Facebook page which covered activities for the past several days.
183 Security checks completed
05/21- Officers responded to the 300 block of West Hauser in reference to a noise complaint.
05/21- Mike Gandy, 38, of Marceline was arrested on a charge of possession of a Controlled Substance-Methamphetamine.
05/21- Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1600 block of North Missouri. No vehicle was located.
05/22- Officers assisted the Linn County Sheriff’s department with locating a missing child.
05/22- Officers responded to a mattress on fire in the 100 block of East Howell.
05/22- Thomas Oldham, 62, of Marceline was issued a summons for illegal burning.
05/23- Officers responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 400 block of East Chicago. No vehicle was located.
05/23- Officers took a walk in repot at the police department of a stolen credit card. The matter is still under investigation.
05/23- Danielle Cooper, 31, of Sunrise Beach MO was issued a summons for speeding.
05/24- Officers assisted Marceline First Responders with a person who fell in the 1700 block of North Missouri.
05/24- Officers kept the peace in the 200 block of West Truman. No problems reported.
05/24- Officers conducted a well-being check in the 200 block of West Hauser. Anything was found to be fine.
05/24- Officers took a property damage report in the 1100 block of North Randolph.
05/25-Officers responded to the 500 block of South Missouri in reference to a noise complaint.
05/25- James Thurston, 39, of Marceline was issued a summons for failing to stop for a school bus.
05/26- Officers conducted a well-being check in the 300 block of East Walker. Everything was found to be fine.
05/26- Officers investigated an auto accident in the 300 block of East Gracia.
05/26- Officers responded to the Sunset Hills area in reference to a possible domestic disturbance. It was determined to be a verbal disagreement.
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LADDONIA MAN DIES IN RALLS COUNTY WRECK
A wreck on MO 19, 1 mile east of Perry in Ralls County has claimed the life of a Laddonia man. 59 year old Darren W. Campbell of Laddonia was killed when his northbound vehicle failed to yield and attempted to make a left hand turn onto westbound Highway 154 shortly before 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. His vehicle was struck by a southbound tractor trailer driven by 58 year old John E. Luebrecht of Mexico. Following the initial collision, the Campbell vehicle ran off the road, overturned and came to rest on its top in a ditch, partially submerged in water. The Chief Deputy with the Ralls County Sheriff’s office pronounced Campbell deceased at the scene. The other driver sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Audrain Medical Center in Mexico for treatment. The highway patrol crash team was called to aid in the investigation. In addition to the crash team, the patrol was assisted by the Ralls County Sheriffs Department, Ralls County Ambulance, Perry Fire and the Perry Police Department.
LAPLATA DRIVER INJURED IN CRASH
An accident on Highway 156, one mile east of Laplata around 4:30 Wednesday afternoon resulted in moderate injuries. 18 year old Hunter Graves was behind the wheel when his eastbound pickup rear ended another eastbound vehicle that had slowed because of a westbound vehicle that was in the eastbound lane. After the collision, the other driver left the scene. Graves was taken by private auto to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment. Assistance was provided at the scene by the Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Laplata Police Department, Laplata Fire Department and Laplata First Responders.
MONROE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Paris man was injured in a motorcycle crash around 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The patrol said 44 year old Brian W. Chase was eastbound and failed to notice a vehicle stopping. He lost control of his motorcycle and overturned on the road resulting in moderate injuries. He was transported to the VA Hospital in Columbia for treatment. Randolph County Ambulance, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department and Madison Fire Department assisted. The wreck occurred on US 24, one mile east of Holiday in Monroe County.
ROBBERY REPORTED IN MEXICO
On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at approximately 1:05AM, an 18 year-old man from Poplar Bluff came into the Mexico Public Safety Department. The man had an injury to his head and reported that he had been assaulted, and money was taken from him. The man stated he was walking from a convenience store and was in the 200 block of N Clark Street, when he was approached by several people in a truck similar to a 90s model, green Ford Ranger. The people hit him several times and took his money before fleeing the area. The man did not require medical attention for his injuries. Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or the Mexico Public Safety Department at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.
JOINT INVESTIGATION BY MACON POLICE AND MACON COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
In a news release this past Friday, the Macon Police Department and Macon County Sheriff's Office said they have been conducting a joint investigation into the recent rash of thefts from motor vehicles within the City and County. Macon Police Department has received numerous reports of items being taken from inside unlocked vehicles recently throughout the city limits. On 05/21/2018, the Macon Police Department applied for and executed a search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of East Union Street with the assistance of Macon County Sheriff's Deputies. During the search warrant, officers recovered stolen property as evidence in addition to several items of drug paraphernalia being located and seized. As a result, police made one arrest and additional arrests are pending. One male suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Macon County Jail where he was placed on 24-hour hold pending formal charges. The Macon Chief of Police stated, "Officers believe there are more victims than those who have reported thefts and are asking for citizens who believe items were taken to please contact their local law enforcement to aid in the investigation and return of stolen property.
FFA OFFICER TRAINING WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED AT NCMC.
The Missouri FFA Association conducted officer training workshops on the North Central Missouri College campus in Trenton on Wednesday, May 30th. Approximately 200 Chapter FFA officers and advisors from high schools across northwest Missouri participated in the workshops. LEAD workshops are held at eight sites throughout Missouri with more than 1,200 chapter officers expected to participate, according to Keith Dietzschold, Missouri FFA Executive Secretary. “The training session focuses on empowering officer teams to work together effectively. Topics addressed including handling team conflict, team conduct standards and effective use of chapter committees.” Past and current Missouri FFA Officers led the training sessions. These conferences are sponsored by the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.
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Nine Traffic Fatalities, Zero Boating
Fatalities, Zero Drownings Over Memorial Day Weekend
Nine people died in traffic crashes over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend. Last year, nine people were killed during the three-day weekend. During the counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 25, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 28, 2018, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 294 traffic crashes which included 124 injuries and eight of the nine fatalities. Troopers also arrested 121 people for driving while intoxicated and made 102 drug arrests. During the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend, the Patrol investigated 345 traffic crashes which included 128 injuries and five of the nine fatalities. Over last year’s holiday weekend, troopers arrested 107 people for driving while intoxicated and made 125 drug arrests. There were zero boating fatalities over the 2018 Memorial Day weekend. Marine operations troopers investigated 12 boating crashes involving 10 injuries. There were no drownings during the 2018 Memorial Day holiday. Marine operations troopers arrested 16 boaters for boating while intoxicated and made 29 drug arrests. There was one boating fatality over the 2017 Memorial Day weekend. Troopers investigated 15 boating crashes involving seven injuries. Two people drowned over last year’s Memorial Day holiday. Troopers arrested 20 people for boating while intoxicated and made six drug arrests. Of the nine traffic crash fatalities, eight were investigated by the Patrol. One person was pronounced dead due to a traffic crash on May 28, 2018. Richard Watson, 23, died when the motorcycle he was riding traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned. Watson was ejected from the motorcycle and came to rest in some trees. The crash occurred in Ray County westbound on Missouri Highway 210 after Missouri Highway EE. It is unknown what day or time the crash occurred; Watson was reported missing on May 28. Ray County Coroner Bart William pronounced Watson deceased May 28 at the scene. The Ray County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene. By the way, Troop F troopers participated in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) from Friday, May 25, 2018, through Monday, May 28, 2018, meaning every available officer was on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists. Troop F reported zero fatal traffic crashes, but investigated 33 traffic crashes that included 13 injuries. Troopers made 20 DWI arrests. Troopers assigned to Lake of the Ozarks worked extended shifts--12 hours--during the Memorial Day weekend. There were zero boating fatalities and zero drownings in Troop F. Troopers investigated five boating crashes involving six injuries. Troopers arrested six people for boating while intoxicated.
PLEA SENTENCING CONTINUES AS FEDERAL LAWSUIT FILED ADLEDGING SEXUAL ASSAULT AT CHILLICOTHE PRISON
According to the KMIZ TV on-line story, a federal lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, claiming that an officer and a former therapist violently and repeatedly attacked their victim during their working hours at the prison. The corrections officer, Edward Bearden, is still employed. The therapist, John Dunn, is not. According to Court records, on April 10th as part of a plea agreement, Dunn entered a guilty plea in exchange for dropping a second Felony count of Sodomy, with a recommendation by the Prosecutor of four years in the Missouri Department of Corrections with a suspended execution of sentence, with the possibility he could receive more time than recommended Dunn’s sentencing is scheduled for 9:00am June 12th at the Livingston County Courthouse with Judge Thomas Chapman officiating. The charges were initially filed on September 22, 2017. Karen Backues Keil, the victim in the lawsuit, was incarcerated from 2011 until 2017 for stealing and forgery. She was released on Feb. 1, 2017. While imprisoned, beginning in 2012, Bearden allegedly started sexually attacking her. Keil told Dunn of the abuse, who then allegedly started sexually assaulted her as well.
MEXICO ROBBERY SUSPECT ARRESTED
On Saturday, May 26, 2018 at approximately 2:25AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 600 block of Wade Street in reference to a robbery. Responding officers spoke with a 55 year-old man from Indiana who was in town for the holiday weekend. The victim reported being at a local bar, buying drinks for many of the bar patrons, when a man he did not know approached him and asked if he wanted to go to a private party when the bar closed. The victim went with the man to the 600 block of Wade Street where the man punched the victim and took some money and personal effects. Investigation identified the suspect as Teron A. Belcher, age 36 of Mexico. On Saturday, May 26, 2018 at approximately 10:31PM, Belcher was arrested without incident. He was processed at MPSD and later taken to the Audrain County Jail to post bond for Robbery 2nd Degree. The victim did seek medical attention for injuries sustained during the incident.
CHILD SAFETY EVENT SCHEDULED IN MACON
Missouri Highway Patrol Troop B will be participating in a child safety seat inspection at Macon-Atlanta Bank, 1513 North Missouri Street, Macon, Missouri. Macon-Atlanta Bank is hosting the event as part of their 125 Days of Caring. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday June 6th. Child passenger safety technicians from Troop B and the Macon County Health Department will inspect child car seats for proper installation. The technicians will also instruct caregivers on how to properly install a seat, verify the seat is appropriate for the child’s age and size, and answer any questions the caregiver may have. Appointments are not necessary, but they are encouraged. Each seat inspection could take up to one hour. To make an appointment, contact Sergeant Eric Brown at 660-385-2132.
LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS 05/26/18-05/29/18 The Pike County Sheriff’s Department is reporting on their Facebook page that on Sunday, May 27th, their department responded to The Patrol investigated a motorcycle accident in A one vehicle wreck in PEDESTRAIN STRUCK BY The patrol investigated an incident in The patrol investigated a one vehicle accident in Audrain County Sunday night. The report said 60 year old Diane F. Maxwell was vehicle the wheel at on Audrain County Road 945, north of Audrain Road 920 when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the road striking 3 tree stumps and a utility trailer. The driver refused treatment of minor injuries. KTVO.com is reporting that Motorists needing to cross the The Brookfield Police Department has been busy according to the Brookfield Briefing issued Saturday, May 26th on their Facebook page.
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The Pike County Sheriff’s Department is reporting on their Facebook page that on Sunday, May 27th, their department responded to
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The Brookfield Police Department has been busy according to the Brookfield Briefing issued Saturday, May 26th on their Facebook page.
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This past Tuesday at , Chillicothe Police were attempting to locate a wanted individual in the 100 block
WATCH OUT FOR SUMMER
MoDOT will suspend work zone operations during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Most routine work zones will stop at Friday, May 25 and will resume at Tuesday, May 29. While most work zones will not be active over the Memorial Day weekend, it may be necessary for some lane closures to remain in place.In an effort to keep motorists informed, MoDOT has developed a list of significant work zones across the state. Many of the work zones may cause congestion and traffic delays especially during the peak travel times of daily rush hours and weekends including Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Distracted driving and following too closely are two of the main causes of work zone crashes. Drivers are reminded to plan ahead, pay attention to warning signs, wear seat belts, put their phone down, obey the speed limit and don't drink and drive. Over the 2017 Memorial Day holiday weekend, nine people died and 496 were injured in 1,122 traffic crashes. Information on all MoDOT work zones statewide is available on the department's Traveler Information Map located at www.modot.org.
US SENATOR CALLING FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION OF
McCaskill wrote a letter requesting the Inspector General at the Department of Health and Human Services examine billing that occurred when management company Hospital Partners used the hospital as a pass-through for millions of claims for out-of-state laboratory services.A news release from McCaskill’s office reports
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SERIOUS INJURIES FOR KIRKSVILE MAN IN CAR/MOTORCYCLE COLLISION
A Kirksville man was flown to University Hospital in Columbia by Air-Evac after his eastbound motorcycle was struck by a westbound car shortly before 7 o’clock Wednesday night. The highway patrol said 22 year old Drew R. King was about 6 miles north of Brashear on MO Highway 11 when 22 year old Emily A. Schleffinger of Crystal Lake, IL crossed the center of the roadway and collided with the motorcycle. King had serious injuries. His motorcycle was totaled and the Schleffinger auto sustained moderate damage. The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Adair County Sheriff’s Department, the Adair County Ambulance and Adair County First Responders.
WRECK AT UNCONTROLED HURDLAND INTERSECTION RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES
A Hurdland man received moderate injuries in a two vehicle collision at Second Street and Knox Street in Hurdland at 3:20 Wednesday afternoon. The patrol said 50 year old Michael D. Dennis was transported by Knox County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment. His vehicle and another auto driven by 44 year old Paul R. Hatfield of Kirksville collided at the uncontrolled intersection. The Knox County Sheriff’s office, Knox County Ambulance and Hurdland Fire Department assisted at the scene. Both vehicles had extensive damage.
MOTORCYCLE AND DEER COLLIDE EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING
A motorcyclist received moderate injuries when his motorcycle collided with a deer in the roadway on Route C, 1 mile east of Route B in Scotland County at 5:10 am Wednesday. The patrol report said 35 year old Robert A. Tinkle of Memphis had moderate injuries and was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Hospital in Kirksville. –The motorcycle struck a deer in the roadway, traveled of the right side of the road and struck an embankment, ejecting the driver. The Scotland County sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.
HANNIBAL MAN ARRESTED SHORTLY AFTER MIDNIGHT THURSDAY
The highway patrol arrested an 18 year old Hannibal man shortly after midnight Thursday morning. According to the report Jeshua D. Noel was wanted on a Shelby County bondable warrant for violation of an order of protection. Noel was transported to the Marion County Jail.
VEHICLES STOLEN AND VANDALIZED IN KIRKSVILE
KTVO.com is reporting a Kirksville business owner is wanting answers, and arrests made, after two vehicles were vandalized Wednesday night. An employee says a Jeep and a pickup at Harrelson’s Radiator and Auto repair on Franklin Street were stolen, brought back after three hours, and then had the windows damaged. They are customer’s vehicles. The employee told KTVO the vehicles were stolen around 1 a.m. Wednesday, and then returned by 3:30 a.m. The incident was captured on surveillance cameras. The suspects are being searched for. If you have information or tips, call the Kirksville Police Department.
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Some customers of Macon County Public Water Supply District 1 are under boil water advisory. The area affected by the advisory is west of highway 63 from the south edge of Cairo City Limits to the north edge of the Moberly City Limits and includes the
PATROL MAKES DRUG RELATED ARRESTS
A Moberly man is behind bars after he was arrested by a State Trooper at Tuesday afternoon. The Highway patrol said 26 year old Gregory A. Tolson of Moberly is now facing new charges for felony possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia – prior offense. Tolson was also wanted on a probation and parole warrant for violating terms of his parole. He was held without bond at the Randolph County Jail in
MODERATE INJURIES FOR
A two vehicle collision in the southbound lanes of I-35 approximately 3 miles north of Eaglesville at Monday resulted in moderate injuries. The patrol said 77 year old Philip L. Helton of
The intersection of US 63 and
A tractor-trailer fire was responsible for the total shutdown of both eastbound lanes of traffic on I-70 at the 80 mile marker in
PLANE CRASH IN
At approximately Tuesday morning, Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop D Headquarters received a report of a small aircraft that had crashed approximately three-quarters of a mile south of the
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AMEREN MISOURI TO BUILD 400-MEGAWAT WIND FARM-LARGEST IN MISOURI!
Ameren Missouri has announced plans to build a 400 megawatt wind facility at its High Prairie Wind Farm near Kirksville. And, they also say it will be the largest in Missouri and supply enough power to serve 120,00 homes within a 2 year time frame. .
Ameren Missouri Officials call it a significant step toward the company’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 8- percent by 2050.
Plans call for 175 450-foot-tall wind turbines on land in Adair and Schuyler counties. The Ameren wind farm isn't actually a stand-alone farm. The company leases land from farmers. The project is spread out over about 70,000 acres.
The wind farm is expected to create hundreds of construction jobs and fewer than 100 permanent jobs.s
DRUG CHARGES FOR MERCER MAN
A Mercer, MO resident now faces four drug related charges in Randolph County. A Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper arrested 28 year old Ryan B. Stark shortly after 6 o’clock Monday morning. According to the arrest report Stark was charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, felony possession of the opioid fentanyl, possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stark was taken to the Randolph County Jail in Huntsville with a bond of $250,000.00
NUMEROUS MEMORIAL DAY OBSERVANCES PLANED
Most of our area communities will be celebrating Memorial Day with special observances of some type calling attention to ultimate sacrifices made for all of us. Check out Events Calendar pages for events that will be taking place in your area this holiday weekend.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a
POLICE STANDOFF ENDS – MARSHALL
A Marshall Man was taken into custody Sunday night after barricading himself in a home. The Marshall Police Department converged on a residence on
DEADLY BOAT CRASH AT
3 Kansas residents are dead and two others injured after the boat they were in collided with a rock bluff as they were heading upstream in the main channel of the Lake of the Ozarks at the 47 and a half mile marker in Camden County at Midnight Saturday. The patrol said the operator of the boat, 22 year old Hayden M. Frazier of
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SALISBURY WOMAN DEAD FOLOWING CRASH IN CHARTION COUNTY
A Salisbury woman died as a result of injuries from a crash on Highway 129, 4 miles south of Salisbury at 9:35 AM Thursday. The patrol said 73 year old Patracia E. Whitley was attempting to make a left hand turn when her vehicle was struck by another southbound vehicle driven by 21 year old Abudu Kagina of Columbia who was attempting to pass several vehicles. A passenger in the Whitley vehicle Estela Lewis of Glasgow ha serious injuries as did another passenger, 20 year old Brandon L. Huff of Salisbury. Whitley and Huff were flown from the scene to a Columbia hospital while Lewis was transported by Chariton County Ambulance. The driver was later pronounced dead and next of kin notified.
SEVERAL TRAFFIC CRASHES THURSDAY
In addition to the Chariton County wreck that resulted in a fatality, a number of other traffic wrecks occurred in the Troop B area Thursday. The first was reported in Monroe County on US 24, 4 miles west of Madison at 1:09 pm. A vehicle driven by 18 year old Shalia O. Kenison of Paris went off the roadway and struck the ground. The patrol was assisted by the Madison Fire Department and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Kenison had minor injuries and was transported by Monroe County Ambulance to a Moberly hospital. A Knox Count7y wreck resulted in both drivers going to the hospital for moderate injuries. 45 year old Kimberly L. Miler of Knox City was attempting to make a left hand turn when her vehicle was struck by another auto driven by 32 year old Sarah. D. Benedict of Knox City. Another accident occurred in Chariton County Thursday at US 24 and North Butler Street in Brunswick. 23 year old Joy J. Gun of Marceline was eastbound just before 6 o’clock and when her vehicle struck a pedestrian attempting to cross us 24l. The pedestrian was identified as 13 year old Jonathan Dorsey of Brunswick. He had serious injuries and was transported to a Columbia hospital. And finally, at 6 pm or so Thursday, 17 year old Alysia J. Jackson of Queen City was southbound on Ranch Road, 5 miles west of Greentop when she lost control on the gravel roadway. Her vehicle then collided with a bridge rail and went off the other side of the roadway, collided with a bridge support and overturned. A passenger, 18 year old Cobe J. Coop of Memphis had minor injuries. The driver and another passenger, 15 year old Paige A. Humphrey of Queen City received moderate injuries. Al three were taken to area hospitals for treatment.
MACON COUJNTY CORNOER FACING CHARGES
Macon County Coroner Brian Hayes, 45, of Macon, was arrested Monday by a state trooper after he was involved in a minor crash in Downtown Macon. Hayes was taken into custody on suspicion of DWI-Drugs, a misdemeanor. Sgt. Eric Brown told KTVO the Macon Police Department called the Missouri State Highway Patrol just after 12:30 p.m. Monday for help with a crash investigation. Brown said Hayes sideswiped a parked car on North Rollins Street in Macon. After field sobriety tests, Hayes was arrested and taken in for processing. He was then issued a citation and released pending a future court appearance.
TWO GUNSHOT WOUNDS TO CHEST-OFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH
Investigators are releasing new information about Wednesday's fatal shooting at a home on Rye Creek Road northwest of Kirksville. Adair County Coroner Brian Noe told KTVO that Thursday's autopsy revealed Mary Louise Rogers, 60, of Kirksville, died of two small-caliber gunshot wounds to the chest. The manner of death remains under investigation. The Adair County Sheriff's Office and Missouri State Highway Patrol are still trying to figure out if the death was a homicide or suicide. Sheriff Robert Hardwick told KTVO Thursday afternoon that they are conducting more interviews as part of the investigation. Noe said authorities believe the shooting happened sometime Wednesday morning, but the autopsy was unable to confirm that. Law enforcement was notified about the death around 1:45 p.m. Wednesday after a family member found Rogers' body down a path near a pond not far from her house.
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MODERATE INJURIES FOR EDINA DRIVER IN KNOX COUNTY WRECK
A driver from Edina was injured in an accident that occurred on Wednesday at 11:40am on MO-15 about 2 miles North of Edina. According to the highway patrol the accident occurred when a Westbound vehicle driven by 85 year old Joann Swanson of Edina failed to yield to a Northbound Freightliner driven by 47 year old John Campbell of Moberly. Swanson was taken by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. The other driver was not injured. The Highway patrol was assisted by Knox County Sheriff's dept, Knox county first responders, and Knox County Ambulance.
KIRKSVILLE WOMAN FOUND DEAD
According to KTVO.com authorities are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Wednesday on Rye Creek Road located Northwest of Kirksville. Adair County Coroner Brian Noe identified the woman who was fatally shot as Mary Louise Rogers, 60, of Kirksville. Noe told KTVO her death remains under investigation. He said an autopsy is scheduled to take place this morning at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Columbia. Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick said it appears Rogers had been shot twice. Authorities said another woman found Roger's body down a path near a pond on the property after she couldn't be located inside the home. Adair County Coroner Brian Noe said law enforcement officers recovered a small caliber handgun that was near the body. Investigators are still trying to figure out if she shot herself or if someone else pulled the trigger. At this time, no one is in custody in connection with Rogers' death. Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick said the time of death is unknown. He is hoping the autopsy will help answer that question.
A Higbee man received serious injuries in a one vehicle wreck just before 11 o’clock Monday night. The highway patrol said 63 year old Thomas J. Kelly lost control of his vehicle and the pickup went off county road 2570, 3 miles southeast of Higbee. The auto ended up striking several trees and a fence. Kelly had serious injuries and was transported to
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A woman is facing more than a dozen charges after authorities say she admitted to a string of burglaries at an iconic local diner. Stefanie M. Novinger, 41, of Baring,
According to the probable cause statement, an investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol found that Novinger broke into the cafe on nine separate occasions beginning on March 7, with the last one occurring on April 17. Novinger had apparently been using a stolen key to the building to enter the cafe between midnight and 6 a.m., and left with cash, items and a locked safe. On one occasion, Novinger reportedly took more than $750 in cash from the restaurant. To avoid detection, Novinger, who said she used to work at the cafe, told law enforcement that she disconnected a surveillance camera inside the restaurant and threw it out her car window along Missouri Highway 15. However, another camera showed her leaving with the other device, and enough of her face for investigators to identify her. During a search of her home, authorities found a key to IDK Cafe that the owner said had been stolen from her purse in December, along with a copy of the same key. They also found the stolen safe and its key. The search led to drug charges, as well. Authorities say they found glass pipes used to smoke methamphetamine and residue of methamphetamine in the home.
Novinger’s bond was set at $10,000.
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FIREFIGHTERS QUICKLY EXTINGUISH FIRE AT
PUBLIC MEETING SCHEDULED REGARDING OPERATIONS AT
The bridge on Route AA/H over Interstate 35 in
WOODLAND MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP SCHEDULED FOR MAY 30TH
MU Extension and the Missouri Department of Conservation will be helping landowners learn how to improve the quality of their woodland and how to market it. The workshop will be from 6:30 to 9 pm May 30th at the MU forage
MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH
Annually, May is designated Motorcycle Awareness Month and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants to remind motorists and motorcyclists alike to “Watch for Motorcycles” in order to help prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries on Missouri roadways.
Warmer temperatures and below average precipitation for the week allowed planting to progress quickly. Temperatures last week averaged 72.2 degrees, 9.5 degrees above normal. Precipitation averaged 0.19 inches statewide, 0.85 inches below normal. There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 13, 2018. Topsoil moisture supply was rated 12 percent very short, 34 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supply was rated 8 percent very short, 32 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Corn planting progressed 13 percentage points to 91 percent complete, which is 15 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Corn emerged progressed to 64 percent, 30 percentage points ahead of the previous week. Corn condition was rated at 2 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 58 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Soybean planting was 42 percent complete with 12 percent emerged. Cotton planting progressed to 73 percent, 19 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Rice planting progressed to 76 percent this week. Rice emerged progressed to 48 percent, 22 percentage points ahead of the previous week, but still behind the 5-year average. Sorghum planted is at 33 percent, 9 percentage points behind the 5-year average. Winter wheat headed is at 61 percent, 32 percentage points behind last year and 4 percentage points behind the 5-year average. Winter wheat condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 42 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Alfalfa first cutting progressed to 9 percent, 5 percentage points behind the previous year and 1 percentage point behind the 5-year average. Other hay first cutting progressed to 6 percent, 2 percentage point.
Days Suitable for Fieldwork and Soil Moisture Supply: Week Ending May 13, 2018
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RIOT REPORTED AT CAMERON PRISON SATURDAY NIGHT
Several police agencies were called to Cameron, Missouri to assist in responding to a riot at a prison Saturday night. Authorities said around 8 p.m. Saturday, inmates refused to leave the dining hall at Crossroads Correctional Center. Officers were able to regain control after several hours. The deputy warden said at no time was there any threat of escape from the facility. No officers were hurt and crews have been working to assess damages at the facility.
MACON COUNTY WRECK RESULTS IN MODERATE INJURIES
Two Callao residents received moderate injuries in a collision at Emerald and Dolphin Street, 2 miles east of Ethel at 10:40 Saturday morning. The patrol said 17 year old Kimberly A. Gaul of New Cambia was northbound on Dalphin and failed to yield to a westbound auto driven by 21 year old Brody L. Preston of Callao and the two vehicles collided at the intersection. Neither driver was injured; however, two passengers in the Preston vehicle, Darin L. Baumgartner and 23 year old Michelle L. Delmarter of Callao received moderate injuries and were transported by Macon County Ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment. The Macon County Sheriffs Department, Air Evac and the Ethel First Responders assisted at the scene.
RALLS COUNTY COLLISION SUNDAY AFTERNOON
A vehicle driven by 70 year old Ronald E. Jones of Dardenne Prarie, MO reportedly turned into the path of another vehicle driven by 18 year old Vernace W. Charlton of Benton City, MO on Missouri 19, 8 miles north of Laddonia shortly after 4 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Charlton sustained minor injuries bur refused treatment.
ONE CAR SALINE COUNTY CRASH SATURDAY NIGHT
The highway patrol said Alchol was a contributing factor to a wreck shortly before 11 o’clock Saturday night in Saline Conty. According to the report the wreck was on Highway 65, just south of Interstate 70. 48 year old Jose Salmeron of Marshall was behind the wheel of a vehicle that went off the highway and struck an embankment. The auto then came back onto the roadway, overturned and rolled into a ditch. The driver was transported to a Columbia hospital for treatment and is facing both DWI and C&I charges.
A Kirksville driver sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital following an accident on MO 149, 3 miles north of Glendale Monday afternoon. The patrol said Mackenzie A. Schramm was southbound when the vehicle went off the right side of the roadway. The driver overcorrected and the auto went on and off the roadway several times and eventually overturned severa times. Schramm was transported by Putnam County Ambulance to a Kirksville hospital for treatment.
A Unionville man was taken to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on a 24 hour hold after he was placed under arrest a t 6:16pm Sunday night in Putnam County. The patrol said 26 year old Eric S. Rollins with charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and no seat belt. 22yera old Kory E. Turner of Kirksville was taken to the Adair County Jail on a DWI charge around 9.43 pm Saturday night and in Boone County, a 70 year old Sedalia man, David W. Mathis was charged with Felony possession of a Controlled Substance – Heroin , and unlawful possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
KTVO reports that Clark County Sheriff Shawn Webster said in a press release Monday that33 year old Alan Sturm, of Wayland, Mo., called the sheriff’s office Friday evening to turn himself in. Sturm was arrested around 10:30 p.m. at his home that night. Sturm was wanted on charges of first degree sodomy or attempted sodomy and first degree child molestation. 29 year old Alicia Pagan, also of Wayland, was arrested at the same residence for hindering prosecution of a felony. Online court records show Sturm was charged in 2017 and is awaiting an October trial date in Knox County. He was sentenced to house arrest last year, but Judge Russell Steele issued an arrest warrant last week after Sturm failed to abide by the order. Sturm’s bond was set at $75,000, and Pagan’s at $15,000.
KMIZ TV is reporting on their website that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of43 year old Charles Tyrone Webb in connection to the homicide on Greeley Drive on May 3. On that date, 43 year old Robert Eugene Jennings, 43, of Columbia, was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead by medical personnel shortly after being taken to a local hospital. "Due to the assistance and cooperation of members of the community, the Columbia Police Department was able to obtain a warrant for the following charges: Murder in the Second Degree and Armed Criminal Action with a cash-only bond of $1,000,000," says the official press release by the Columbia Police Department. "Webb should be considered armed and dangerous.
The highway patrol reports a Hannibal man is dead after an incident in Spencer Creek (part of the Salt River) just south of Beaver Road, 3 miles north of Frankford at 5:15 pm Friday. The report said 20 year old Isaiah J. Vaughn was an inexperienced swimmer and started to go under the water. Witnesses attempted to rescue the subject. A Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy preformed Dive Operations and was able to locate the subject who was pronounced dead a short time later. The patrol was assisted at the scene by the Marion and Ralls County Sheriff’s Department.
A 22 year old Marshall man drowns after a boat he was in at Blind Pony Lake in Saline County started taking on water and he decided to jump into the water and swim to shore. While swimming, he went under water and never resurfaced. A dragging operation located the body a short time later. That incident occurred Thursday night shortly after 730 pm.
A building is in ruins after an early morning fire on Sunday and authorities said an electrical problem may be to blame. KOMU TV is reporting a fire broke out at Mid-City Lumber on Klinton Drive near I-70. Three different fire departments responded to the fire. Cooper County, Boonville and Praire Home responded at 3:39 a.m. Cooper County Fire Lieutenant Tim Derendinger said it took 165,000 gallons of water to put out the fire. He said firefighters entered the building to "attack" the fire near the back when the roof collapsed. Luckily no one was injured and all of the firefighters escaped.
COOPER COUNTY TRAFFIC STOP REVEALS LARGE AMOUNT OF MARIJUANA
KMIZ TV is reporting the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested a New Jersey man Sunday morning after finding about 20 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop. Patrol troopers pulled over 56 year old Charles Greenidge of Pleasant Hills, near mile marker 95 for a traffic violation.5 Highway Patrol K9 Rony found the marijuana inside coolers and trash bags inside the car/ Greenidge was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance. He's currently being held in the Cooper County jail.
A LaPlata man is on a 24 hour hold at the Adair County Jail pending filing of formal charges after he was arrested by a State Trooper at Thursday afternoon. According to the arrest report, 25 year old Jacob C. Baker was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance – 3 pills of Oxycodone. He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
Two Excello drivers were involved in a collision on Route C at the south edge of Bevier at Thursday. The patrol said 74 year old Lynn N. Ratliff was behind the wheel when her northbound vehicle struck another northbound auto from behind. That vehicle was operated by 64 year old Patricia A. Curless of Excello. The report said after the initial collision, the Ratliff vehicle collided with a shed. Ratliff was transported by Ambulance to Samaritan hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. The Macon County Sheriff’s Department and the Bevier First Responders provided assistance at the scene.
A Hurdland driver was to seek is own treatment for minor injuries after his vehicle collided with a horse that was in the roadway at Thursday morning. 38 year old Robert J. Griffith of Hurdland was northbound on Route J in
SEVERAL OTHERS ALSO ARRESTED BY PATROL ON DRUG CHARGES
From KTVO.com … A man who runs a massage business out of his northeast
TROOPERS TO CONDUCT ENFORCEMENT OPERATIONS ON
Sometime during the month of May 2018, troopers will conduct an enforcement saturation on
Most of our area communities are participating in today’s National Day of Prayer.
The patrol investigated a two vehicle collision in Unionville on
The Marceline Police Department recently issued a good reminder to residents of the area that weekends often bring increased pedestrian traffic. In a post on the department’s face book page, last weekends City-wide Garage Sale event was referenced as one of those type of events that usually bring increased traffic to the area, and that was just one example. Plus, the Marceline Area Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Rotary Interact Students of Marceline High School were scheduled to pick up trash along Highway 5 to the 36 Junction Sunday afternoon and that was another example the Marceline Police Department used to remind us to exercise extreme caution anytime, but especially when additional events and activities are scheduled. The Face book post asked everyone to be extra cautious and slow down during these types of activities, and with Fair and Festival season upon us, a very timely reminder from the Marceline Police Department.
The Brookfield Police Department recently released a number of incidents, investigations and arrests, including several large drug related arrests that have taken place since mid April as part of their May 1st Brookfield Briefing.
· Warrant Arrest - On April 18 at 1538 hrs., officers arrested Daniel Waller, 54 of
· Driving While Suspended/Revoked - On April 18 at 1746 hrs., officers responded to a business in the 600 block of
· Warrant Arrest - On April 18 at 1957 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop in the 700 block of
· Tampering With/Destroying Physical Evidence - On April 19 at 0001 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop on westbound US 36. Upon making contact with the driver, identified as Chad McCormick, 35 of
· Stealing - On April 20 at 0245 hrs., officers arrested Bethany Imes, 29 of
· Drug Arrest - On April 20 at 2126 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of
· Warrant Arrest/Driving While Suspended/Revoked - On April 21 at 0238 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of West Wood and Bigger Streets. It was found through a routine NCIC/MULES check that the driver, Dyllon Browder, 23 of Brookfield, had an outstanding Carroll County warrant for a probation violation (bond $1,000.00 cash-only). It was also found that Browder had a suspended/revoked operator’s license. Browder was arrested at 0249 hrs. and transported to the Brookfield Police Department for processing. Browder was released at 0919 hrs. after posting bond on the
· Warrant Arrest - On April 21 at 1001 hrs., officers arrested Ty Sackrey, 23 of St. Catherine, in the 100 block of
· Animal Abuse/Neglect - On April 21 at 2244 hrs., officers took a report of animal abuse/neglect. The reporting party stated that at approximately 1700 hrs., he received a message stating that the front door to his residence in the 200 block of
· Domestic Assault - On April 22 at 2010 hrs., officers responded to the 600 block of
· Warrant Arrest - On April 25 at 1053 hrs., officers arrested Daniel Hern, 36 of Brookfield, in the 200 block of West Sedgwick Street on an outstand Saline County warrant for Failure to Appear on an original charge of Non-Support. Hern was released to the Saline County Sheriff’s Office at 1240 hrs. to be held without bond.
· Drug Arrest - On April 25 at 2219 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop in the 100 block of
· Drug Arrest - On April 28 at 0031 hrs., officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of
PURDIN WOMAN SERIOUSLY HURT
A driver from Purdin was seriously hurt in an accident on Highway 5, 3 miles north of Purdin at Tuesday morning. According to the report, 32 year old Jennifer Fainter fell asleep at the wheel and her vehicle went off the roadway on the opposite side and struck an embankment and went airborne. The vehicle then hit the ground and slammed into a tree. Fainter sustained serious injuries and was flown to a
TRACTOR TRAILER OVERTURNS IN
A Keytesville man received minor injuries after his tractor trailer overturned Monday night in
If you were traveling along US 36 west of
MAIN ENTRANCE TO POPULAR STATE PARK CLOSED
As of yesterday, April 30th, the main entrance at Finger Lakes State Park was closed and will remain closed until July 27th. The closing was considered necessary after spring flooding in 2017 caused the primary spillway to fail. That spillway is located under the park’s main entrance road. The temporary entrance will require visitors to go through the motor cross track parking lot. Last year the park was compelled to close the swimming beach and it will remain closed this year as well. Swimming is permitted in all bodies of water except at the boat ramps, but swimming is at your own risk.
CHURCH DAMAGED IN SUNDAY FIRE
An area church received heavy fire damage Sunday afternoon. The blaze at the Victory Fellowship Church in Waverly reportedly broke out during the 4pm hour and as the fire was rapidly spreading, the volunteer Waverly Fire department requested assistance fighting the fire. Firemen and equipment was provided from several area departments including Alma, Blackburn, Corder, Dover and Carrollton.
CHILLICOTHE DRIVER SUSTAINED MODERATE INJURIES IN ROLLOVER
A Chillicothe resident was treated at an area hospital following a one vehicle wreck in Linvingston County on County Road old 198. The patrol said 17 year old Blake Curtis was eastbound at 9:17 Monday and the vehicle went off the road. The driver over corrected and the auto came back onto the roadway, they went off the road again, overturned and stuck a utility pole.
PRINCETON DRIVER HURT IN SUNDAY WRECK
A 21 year old Princeton driver sustained moderate injuries after she failed to negotiate a curve on US 136, 3 miles east of Princeton. According to the report, Christina R. Speakman was eastbound on US 136 and failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway, striking several driveways and becoming airborne each time and eventually overturned. Speakman was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
GRASS FIRE IN MEXICO SUNDAY
On Sunday during the noon hour the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to Teal Lake Place in reference to a grass fire. Responding personnel found that a resident had been burning yard waste, when the fire spread beyond his control and into the tree line separating the property from the AP Green Walking Trail. The fire was extinguished, with no injuries and no damage to any personal property. Due to the dry conditions, low humidity levels and strong gusty winds, the fire danger level is extremely high and will remain so for the next few days.
ATLANTA RESIDENTS CHARGED IN DRUG BUST
From KTVO.com A drug bust turned up meth and two suspects, police say. Kara Lynn Shott, 29, and Christopher Allen Harrington, 31, both of Atlanta, Mo., were arrested on April 18 during a multi-agency raid on an Atlanta home. Shott is charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Harrington is charged with possession of ten grams or less of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. According to a press release from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office Monday, deputies received a search warrant for a residence on Knoxville Road in Atlanta after getting a tip about narcotics. The Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and North Missouri Drug Task Force carried out the search, finding numerous items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine, prescription medications and marijuana.
Harrington was later released, while Shott was held on $15,000 bond.
4/28/2018 – 4/30/2018
HUNTSVILLE WOMAN DEAD ADLEDGELY BY THE HANDS OF FIANCE
A Huntsville woman is dead and a Mexico man in jail facing a First Degree Murder Charge in Monroe County. Authorities report 51 year old James Addie of Mexico has been charged with first degree murder after the body of 35 year old Molly N. Watson of Huntsville was discovered shortly after 10 o’clock Friday night near a low water crossing east of highway 151 and Route M in Monroe County. The Highway Patrol and Monroe County Sheriff’s Department said her body was found on the ground near her vehicle. The report say Watson suffered wounds consistent with blunt force trauma. On Saturday, Authorities made contact with Addie at his home. He told authorities he planned to marry Watson the next day even though he was already married to another woman, his wife of 22 years. Addie is being held on a $500,000. Authorities are containing their investigation.
WOMAN SHOT IN LEG THURDAY - HARRISBURG MAN ARRESTED
Columbia authorities responded to a medical emergency on Clark Lane in Columbia Thursday night and discovered a woman had been shot in the leg. Police say methamphetamine may have played a role in the incident and 31 year old Shawn Sweezer was arrested at the scene and now faces allegations of domestic nature as well as unlawful possession of a firearm. In addition, Sweezer is a convicted felon and had two outstanding felony warrants. He is in the Boone County Jail.
MODERATE INJURIES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY CRASH
A Warrenton driver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment of moderate injuries after failing to negotiate a curve and his vehicle travelled off the highway and struck a tree in Montgomery County. The patrol said 22 year old Skyler L. Bethel was behind the wheel when the accident occurred on Mitchell Road at hoot Owl Holler road at 7:50 pm Saturday night.
MINOR INJURIES FOR HARRISBURG MAN IN BOONE COUNTY ACCIDENT
A Harrisburg man sustained minor injuries after his vehicle went off the highway, struck a mailbox and overturned at 8:45 pm Saturday night. The patrol said 19 year old Conner M. McBride was taken to a Columbia hospital for treatment. That accident occurred on West MO 124, west of Country Boy Avenue.
MODERATE INJURIES FOR NEW LONDON MAN
A New London man sustained moderate injuries after his ATV overturned while making a turn on a turn on a trail on private property about 5 miles south of New London in Ralls County at 10:15 Friday morning. The patrol said 51 year old Karl. L. Klinckman was flown to a Columbia hospital for treatment.
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(April 27th, 2018)
ROTHVILLE MOTHER CHARGED WITH FIRST–DEGREE MURDER
A First-degree murder charge has been filed against a Rothville mother in the death of her two-month-old daughter, Sophia Linebaugh . 19 year old Sarah Linebaugh was formally charged Thursday and is being held in the Chariton County Jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond. The Highway Patrol says the incident happened at the Linebaugh’s home on Main Street in Rothville on March 18th. In court documents, Investigators say the Mother knowingly killed her daughter by suffocating her. Linebaugh told officers at the scene that she was giving the baby a bath and when she turned around after grabbing a towel, the child had drowned. Documents also reveal that officers found a handwritten note at the scene which provided investigators probable cause to believe the woman deliberated about her actions, which resulted in the death of the baby, Sophia Linebaugh. Authorities also said the woman attempted to take her own life by shooting herself but ended up hospitalized in Columbia for treatment of the self inflicted wounds
A Moberly man sustained injuries and was taken to an area hospital following a single vehicle wreck that happened in the early morning hours of Thursday on Highway 24 about 1 ½ miles East of Brunswick in Chariton County. According to the Highway Patrol the accident happened at 3:45 AM when an eastbound vehicle driven by 41 year old Coby Durham ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected, ran off the left side of the roadway, and overturned. Durham sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Chariton County Ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment.
A woman from Kirksville was injured in a wreck that occurred Thursday afternoon on Potter Trail about a mile west of Kirksville. According to the Highway Patrol, 18 year old Curtis Zuspann of Edina lost control of his westbound vehicle and traveled off the roadway, striking a tree and a mailbox. A passenger in the vehicle 63 year old Sherrie Zuspann sustained minor injuries and was transported by Adair County Ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.
JEFFERSON CITY MAN DEAD FOLLOWING COOPER COUNTY ACCIDENT
Authorities say a 95 year old Jefferson City man is dead following a one vehicle wreck in Cooper County Thursday. The patrol said the Willard E. Myer was southbound on Route O, just south of Swan road at 2:30 pm Thursday when he failed to negotiate a curve. The vehicle went off the roadway, struck a large rock and several trees before overturning.
MAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING MAILMAN WITH KNIFE
From KTVO.com – The Adair County Sheriff’s office said the incident happened Tuesday at the suspects home on Bethel Ridge Road, outside Novinger. 59 year old Charles McFarland is charged with Unlawful Use of a Weapon and 4th Degree Assault. Court Documents say McFarland approached the mail carrier’s vehicle, while pointing a knife at the driver , and started complaining about the mail not getting delivered to his mailbox. The mailman said McFarland threatened to kill him. McFarland was arrested and is being held at the Adair County jail. His bond was set at $5000.
THE MISSION CONTINUES AND HEADS WEST
It’s not every day you see a covered wagon, horses, a well trained German Shepherd and several people who had set up camp along a major highway. That’s one reason several people stopped by the KZZT Studio on Highway 24 east in Moberly Thursday to find out what was going on. Veterans Promise Kept is in town as part of their cross country journey giving talks on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and on Dogs that Help, a non-profit organization dedicated to placing service dogs with disabled veterans at no cost them. They will soon be continuing their journey west but always have time to talk about their organizations and why they are so passionate about it. They also appreciate the donations they receive which allows them to continue the journey. If you see them passing through your area, make sure you stop by and visit. For more information, visit their websites veteranspromisekept.com and dogsthathelp.org
COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED IN DECOY OPERATION
A Boone County man was arrested after responding to a post from someone he believed to be a 14 year old girl who was actually an undercover decoy pretending to be a 14 year old girl. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department made the arrest on Monday after the suspect showed up at a predetermined location where he thought the two would engage in sexual relations. 24 year old Harrison Stretz of Columbia faces what could be two or more charges including sexual misconduct with a minor and attempted enticement of a child.
DRIVER INJURED ATTEMPTING TO AVOID COLLIDING WITH A DEER
A Clark driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck in Randolph County around 10:16 last (Tues) night. The patrol said 70 year old Judy C. Barnes was southbound and swerved to avoid a deer on US 63, about 5 miles south of Clark. The vehicle went off the roadway and overturned. Barnes had moderate injuries and was transported to a Columbia hospital for treatment.
NOT A FREE LUNCH BUT IT IS A FREE BRIDGE!
I’m sure you’ve heard it said there’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there is such a thing as a free bridge, for the right person or group. The Missouri Department of Transportation is currently accepting proposals for the reuse of the seven panel Pratt pony truss bridge located on Route PP just east of Route 139 in Sullivan County. The one-lane bridge was rebuilt in 1955 and is 255 feet long, 14.5 feet wide and boasts a 63-foot steel girder span and 128-foot pony truss. It will be replaced with a new and wider bridge in 2019 or 2020. The bridge is considered historic because it is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places due to its local significance in transportation and engineering.
Because of that eligibility, federal law requires any state proposing demolition of a historic bridge to first make it available for donation to a state, locality or responsible private entity. The bridge can be obtained by government entities, historical or civic groups, or private citizens, free of charge. The cost to remove the bridge or any of its parts is borne by the party obtaining the bridge. Individuals and organizations interested in taking all or part of the bridge are invited to submit a proposal for reuse. Those proposals are due by December 31, 2018. Details about the bridge, as well as information about reusing a bridge or making a reuse proposal, can be found on MoDOT's Free Bridges website at http://www.modot.org/freebridges/.
ADDITIONAL DRUG TAKE BACK EVENTS PLANNED
Tuesday we told you about the Macon Police Department Drug Take Back Event planned for this Saturday in Macon. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department will also be participating and will have several drop-off locations throughout the county starting Friday and continuing Saturday. For more information about the Boone Country drop off locations, visit their website. Two locations will be available Friday from 10 to 2 in Columbia including the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital and the University of Missouri Student Center. On Saturday 5 collection locations will be in operation from 10 to 1 at the Ashland Police Department, the Centralia Police De’artment, the Hallsville Police Department and both Hickman and Rock Bridge High Schools.
LOCAL & REGIONAL NEWS SUMMARY
SALISBURY MAN ARRESTED ON SEX CHARGES
A Salisbury resident was charged Friday with five counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, all Class B Felony charges. On-line court documents show that 43 year old Gregory K. McCloud is due to make his initial appearance in this week. The probable cause statement says charges were officially filed after authorities were notified by a woman that she had seen several photos of a child that were sexual in nature stored on McCloud’s phone. McCloud was being held in liew of a $25,000 cash only bond.
MACON POLICE AND OTHERS TEAM UP FOR DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT
This Saturday, the Macon Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give listeners an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The Police Department is partnering with the Macon Municipal Utilities, Macon County Public Water Supply District # 1 and the Missouri Rural Water Association. The goal is to prevent pill abuse and theft as well as protecting our local environment from these harmful drugs being disposed of improperly. Bring your pills for disposal to C&R Market Parking Lot at 703 E Briggs Drive in Macon, MO. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. If you’d like more information, call the Macon Police Department at (660) 385-2195.
HONOR FLIGHT NUMBER 51 TAKES TO THE AIR THURSDAY
110 veterans will leave Columbia at 1:45am on Thursday and return to Columbia Courtyard Marriott at 9:30pm Thursday, April 26. This is the first honor flight of 2018 for Central Missouri Honor Flight. Ninety are Vietnam veterans and the remaining 20 are Korean War veterans. As the busses roll back into Columbia overnight Thursday, you are encouraged to come out and help our honor flight veterans have the homecoming they deserve. For more information, visit their website at www.centralmissourihonorflight.com or contact Central Missouri Honor Flight President, Mary Paulsell at (573) 289-3799.
SUSPECT ARRESTED THANKS TO ASSISTANCE OF LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE K-9
This past Saturday, the Highway Patrol was investigating and searching for the driver of a car allegedly involved in an accident in the northwestern portion of Livingston County. The man fled the scene on foot and was eluding officers when the Livingston County Sheriff’s office K-9 located the suspect’s trail and lead authorities to the suspect. John J. Young was apprehended and charged with felony driving While Intoxicated. A last word, Young was still in custody at the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail.
CHILLICOTHE POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORT
April 20th, 2018:
· 12:41am, Officers responded to an alarm in the 1000 blk. of S. Washington….False alarm
· 2:37am, Alarm at business on N. Washington,..Accidentally activated by employee
· 4:02am, Barking dog complaint in the 1500 blk. of Webster…owner took dog inside..
· 4:14am, Assisted fire department in 100 blk. Tenth St…
· 10:39am, Officer took Fraud report at PD…
· 11:55am, Officer was contacted reference a missing toddler in the 100 blk. of Polk St.,,child had slipped out door unnoticed. Child located and returned…12:07pm, Report people soliciting money on parking lot in the 1000 blk. of Graves St. ,Advised to leave property…
· 12:26pm, Checked report of children left unattended in vehicle in 1000 blk of Graves St,..unable to locate
· 3:56pm, Check for speeding vehicle in 1200 blk. Clay St…Neg. Findings4:03pm, Conducted investigation at First & Washington…
· 4:31pm, Assisted another agency at Polk & Locust St.s…
· 4:41pm, Fowl running loose 200 blk. Southwest Drive,…Given warning…
· 5:02pm, Assisted with traffic for 5K from Central School…
· 6:55pm, Civil complaint in 300 blk. of Webster St…advised remedies
· 7:13pm, Well-being check at residence on Monroe St,..subject OK..10:24pm, DWI arrest at Samuel & Keith St.s…Lydia Walker of California, Mo..Subject was processed and released…
· 11:02pm, Report of subjects trespassing on Railroad Property…Neg Findings
April 21st, 2018…
· 1:19am, Officers provided a courtesy escort for an individual to their vehicle…
· 5:10am, Well-being check in the 1700 blk. of Hickory Drive…subject OK
· 1:11pm, 4:24pm, Complaint of property damage…civil issue…
· 5:39pm, Complaint of mistreatment to two dogs 900 blk Woodrow…,.investigation continuing…
· 6:12pm, Investigation in 1000 blk. of Walnut St….
· 6:52pm, Officers investigated a fire in the restroom at a business on N. Washington…Damage was inflicted to a towel dispenser/waste can…ignition source undetermined at this time…investigation continuing….
· 7:18pm, Disturbance reported at business on W. Business 36 Highway….Subjects were gone on officers arrival…
· 7:35pm, Officers arrested two individuals for stealing from a business in the 1000 blk. of Graves St….Jamies Palmer of Brookfield, Mo, and Alysa Henke of Brookfield, Mo. were processed and released…
· 11:25pm, Officers out on suspicious activity near Webster and Elm, ..no report…
April 22nd, 2018…
· 12:35am, Disturbance at business in 200blk. of W. Business 36 Highway,,..subjects left establishment…
· 1:13am, Officers assisted with a subject that was having medical issues and was able to get the subject to receive help…
· 4:15am, Officers took a report of a stolen trailer license plate…
· 5:51am, Officer spoke with a subject in the1600 blk. of Springhill about personal issues…no report…
· 2:01pm, Officers checked report of suspicious activity near Bridge and Montgomery, …neg. finding…
· 2:47pm, Alarm at business on Mitchell Rd.,,,employee activation,,,,
· 4:19pm Fire in the 200 blk. of Southwest Dr…grass fire…Chillicothe Emergency Services extinguished the fire…
· 5:00pm, Parking complaint in 1100 blk. Jackson St….a drug offense was discovered, with the subject cited and released…
· 5:15pm, Report of suspicious person around vehicles in the Jackson St. and Mansur St. area…Suspect identified…
· 6:10pm, Investigation in 1100 blk. Of Clay St….
· 6:17pm, Investigation in 300 blk. Mansur St
· 6:25pm, Out of Control juvenile in 800 blk. Samuel St…Situation handled…
· 7:00pm, Officers out on investigation from earlier call at 5:15pm…
· 7:01pm, Report of Assault in the 2600 blk. of Shawnee Drive…
· 9:08pm, Investigation on fire at business on North Washington St…
· 10:02pm, Continuing investigation in 300 blk. of Wilson St…
· Officers made numerous traffic stops with citations and performed numerous building security checks….
In summary, Chillicothe Police Received 114 calls for service on April 20th, 64 on April 21st, and 86 on April 22nd, 2018.
A Excello driver received minor injuries in a two vehicle wreck that occurred on Route T about a mile West of Excello in Macon County Wednesday shortly after 10PM. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol 24 year old Wilson McGowan was traveling Eastbound when he crossed the centerline and was struck by another vehicle driven by 60 year old Robin Cross of Excello. Cross’s vehicle traveled off the left side of the roadway, while McGowan’s vehicle made a controlled stop in a private drive. Robin Cross was transported by Macon County Ambulance to Samaritan Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
A woman from Chillicothe was injured in a single vehicle wreck that occurred on Livingston County Road 228 west of US 65 about a mile North of Chillicothe early Thursday morning. According to the Highway Patrol, 20 year old Taisia Zeger Pagliai was traveling Eastbound when she crested a hill, traveled into the westbound lane, and overcorrected causing the vehicle to skid. Then her vehicle traveled off the south side of the roadway, struck an embankment, and overturned onto the driver’s side. She was transported to Hedrick Medical Center by Chillicothe EMS for treatment of moderate injuries.
Weather Permitting MODOT crews will be working along Route 3 in Macon County today (April 20, 2018). Route 3 will be closed from Garden Street to Frontier Street for a culvert replacement from 8AM to 3PM. The work is weather dependant and could be delayed or rescheduled. You can find the latest information on roadwork in your area by visiting the MODOT traveler information map on modot.org.
The Kirksville Fire Department responded to a call of a fire at Kraft Heinz late Wednesday morning. Three fire trucks and an ambulance arrived on the scene shortly after 11 a.m. On scene, the fire department said there was a small fire, but later told KTVO there was no fire, but a welding accident led to overheating of the roof located toward the back of the building. The overheating of the roof allowed insulation to smolder, which was extinguished on arrival ,KFD gave the clear after thermal cameras were used to assess the removed insulation. No injuries were reported.
A 12 year old Polo boy was injured after the bicycle he was riding was struck by a car Tuesday afternoon in his hometown. The patrol said Ryan Bell was going south on Stoutmore and was hit as he failed to sto[ amd was as he crossing School street. 18 year old Megan Latimer of Polo was behind the wheel and was not injured. Bell was transported by ambulance to a Liberty Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries according to the official report.
A one vehicle wreck in Marion County around 8:10 last (WED) resulted in injuries. The patrol said 17 year old Lance R. Hettinger of Philadelphia was behind the wheel and traveling too fast for conditions and lost control. The vehicle struck a rut and overturned, ejecting Hettinger and a passenger, 16 year old Casey W. Wolfe. Hettinger received serious injuries and was transported to a Qunicy hospital. Wolve was taken to Hannibal Regional. The other occupants identified as 18 year old Ty h. Bowdish and 17 year old Henry S. Whetstong had minor injuries. That accident occurred on Marion County Road 128, a half a mile west of Philadelphia
When conditions are dry and its windy it doesn’t take long for a small fire to become an uncontrolled fire, and that usually results in contact with your local fire department. And that’s basically what happened Wednesday as Columbia firefighters were called the scene of a grass fire along northbound lanes of Highway 63. Firemen were able to quickly extinguish the blase. Fire authorities are working to determine the cause.
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Three vehicles, including a dump truck were in a collision on US 36 a half a mile east of Anabel Tuesday morning. The patrol said 41 year old Travis C. Thrasher of Clarence was behind the wheel of the dump truck and was following another auto driven by 31 year of Jessica L. McClintock of Shelbina. Both of those autos had slowed for traffic when a third auto driven by 56 year old Christopher M. Dilallo of Shelbyville failed to yield and struck the Friedman vehicle which resulted in it striking the side of the dump truck. Trasher was not injured. McClintock received only minor injuries but a passenger in the McClintock auto, 79 year old James E. Friedman of Shelbina received serious injuries. Dilallo sustained moderate injuries. The Macon County Sheriffs Department, Shelby County Sheriffs Deparmtent and the Clarence Police Department
A Lenneus man received serious injuries and was flown to a
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A wreck in
TWO KILLED IN
A man and woman from Jonesburg were killed in an accident that occurred at Sunday in
TEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH
UNVILLE POLICE CHIEF OFFICIALLY CHARGED
The Unionville Police Chief has been charged with DWI. KTVO.com reports 29 year old Joshua Mathes of Unionville was arrested in February on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Formal charges have now been filed against Mathes for DWI and Failure to Drive on the Right Half of the Roadway. The charges stem from an incident in
FELONY CHARGES FILED AFTER
The man at the center of a
37-year-old David Yount, of
A LaPlata man was a taken to the Macon County Jail on a 24 hour hold pending the filing of formal charges shortly before Thursday afternoon. Patrol Arrest Reports indicate that 23-year-old John P. Boren is facing a total of 4 charges. 3 of those are felony charges for Possession of a controlled substance – 10 grams of Methamphetamine, Delivery of a Controlled Substance and unlawful use of a weapon. The other charge is considered a misdemeanor for possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
A Moberly man is facing 17 separate charges of Sex Abuse involving a 6 year old. KTVO.com reports 52-year-old Danny Allan Washam was arrested on Tuesday after an investigation commenced on April 3rd alleging abuse of a child. Some of the charges Washam is facing are statutory rape, statutory sodomy, child molestation, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was transported to the Randolph County Jail in
KIDDER WOMAN KILLED IN
A 34 year old Kidder resident died as a result of a collision in
on Tuesday. Constance R. Huff of Kidder was southbound on I-35 about 2 miles north of Cameron when she failed to slow for another southbound truck driven by 54 year old Kenneth M. Lewis of Carlisle, PA and ended up striking the Lewis vehicle from behind. Huff was pronounced dead at the scene by the Dekalb County Coroners office
THREE VEHICLE COLLISION IN
A three vehicle collision in
The Trenton Police Department posted last week on their Face book page that the old
Two people were in custody shortly after 10 AM Tuesday morning after the driver of a vehicle traveling northbound on US 65 in Carroll County refused to pull over for authorities. A chase involving several law enforcement agencies; including aircraft surveillance was involved. The pursuit continued into
HIGHWAY PATROL MAKES
A Brookfield driver sustained moderate injuries in a one-vehicle wreck on Route KK, 5 miles northeast of Purdon just before 8:00 Monday morning. The patrol report said 19-year-old Gabrielle Monstermann lost on the ice-covered roadway. Her vehicle ran off the road and struck a fence.
A Callao business owner is now facing a couple of sex-related charges with his recent arrest . 46 year old Calvin Vose of Callao runs “Almighty’s Touch Massage” out of his home on East Second Street in Callao. Court documents state the female victim has gone to the business for a massage. She also told a Macon County Sheriff’s deputy that when she arrived, Vose instructed her to remove her clothing, lay on the massage table and cover herself with a towel. The woman told investigators that when Vose came into the room, he removed the towel and proceeded to touch her in a sexual manor. The alleged incident happened on March 21st and she reported it to law enforcement the very next day. Vose was arrested that same date and was taken to the Macon County Jail. He has since posted bond and released.
This is National Work Zone Awareness Week and the Missouri Department of Transportation is doing their part to make people more aware of the dangers a work zone presents. Unfortunately, work zone crashers are on the rise nationwide. 16 people were killed in work zone crashes last year. For information on work zone safety and a list of high impact work zones across the state, visit modot.org/workzones/ml.
Now that spring is officially here, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services urges precaution against tick-borne illnesses as tick bites can transmit serious, potentially deadly illnesses and they can be active anytime the ground isn’t frozen.
SPRING TIME WEATHER LATER THIS WEEK
Even through it was a cold and wet Sunday for most of us, the forecast is indicating more seasonal weather for later this week. As for snowfall amounts, we’ve had numerous reports of around an inch or so, with the heaviest amounts along and north of Highway 24. South of that line, most of the snowfall was only visiable in limited areas. Monday’s forecast is still calling for cloudy and cooler type conditions, but by Tuesday we should be seeing Sunny skies and temperatures near 70 by Wednesday. We also have the possibility of showers and thunderstorms later in the week.
SEVERAL ACCIDENTS RESULT IN INJURIES
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PATROL MAKES SEVERAL ARRESTS OVER THE WEEKEND
Several people were arrested over the weekend by State Troopers. Stephanie E. Dotson of Moberly was one of those individuals. She was cited for drug induced Driving while Intoxicated and failure to drive on the right half of the road resulting in a crash. 23 year old Tristan J. Easley of Fayette was arrested on a warrant for defective equipment late Friday afternoon. 19 year old Jacob A. Campbell of Mexico was arrested at 12:39 AM, Saturday and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance – Methamphetamine as well as 10 grams of less of Marijuana as a prior offender as well as possession of drug paraphernalia as a prior offender. 25 year old Charles A Griffin of Rocheport was charged with DWI and speeding at Saturday. At 10:30 Saturday morning, 33 year old Gerald J. Morris of Columbia was arrested in Callaway county for felony possession of marijuana, felony possession of a controlled substance – Oxycodone, felony delivery of a controlled substance and a couple of misdemeanor warrents out of Jeff City. Ang 31 year old Derek L./ Gregory of Worthington was arrested in
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD UNDERWAY
The Missouri Department of Transportation has launched a 30-day public comment period on an update of the state’s Long Range Transportation Plan. The Long Range Transportation Plan is a federally required process that sets the state’s 25-year vision for transportation.
In the previous effort, four goal areas were established:
· Take care of the transportation system and services we enjoy today;
· Keep all travelers safe, no matter the mode of transportation;
· Invest in projects that spur economic growth and create jobs; and
· Give Missourians better transportation choices.
MoDOT sought public input in the fall to determine if those goals were still valid, or if priorities had changed. Nearly 8,000 people participated in the online survey and submitted about 5,400 comments. Based on that feedback, the four goals above were validated and the updated plan adds a fifth goal:
· Improve reliability and reduce congestion on
For the first time, the plan also examines how
The draft Long-Range Transportation Plan can be viewed online at www.modot.org/LRTP/, or at any MoDOT District Office. Those interested in offering comments on the plan can contact MoDOT by emailing LRTPcomments@modot.mo.gov Additional questions about the survey and the long range planning process can be addressed by calling customer service centers at 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636), or by mail to Transportation Planning,
The final plan will be presented to the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission for approval at its June 2018 meeting.
BOATER SAFETY CERTIFICATION COURSE OFFERED AT
A boater safety certification course will be offered from to , on
AREA NEWS HEADLINES FOR FRIDAY – April 6, 2018
TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN CALDWELL COUNTY CRASH
Two Braymer drivers were injured in a Caldwell County crash at 2:55 PM Thursday afternoon. The patrol said the wreck occurred when two pickups met at a hill crest and collided on Catawba Road, 5 miles northwest of Braymer. 39 year old Christopher E. Waters was southbound and his vehicle crossed the centerline and was struck by a northbound pickup driven by 40 year old Kevin S. Leakey. Waters had serious injuries and was transported by Life Flight to Truman Medical Center. Leakey sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Chillicothe Ambulance to Liberty Hospital. The Caldwell County Sheriffs Office, Braymer Fire Department and Cowgill Fire Department provided assistance..
SNOW IN THE FORECAST??? REALLY???
The Missouri Department of Transportation officials urge motorists to drive with care and allow extra time for travel Today (FRI) and tonight as rain turning to snow is in the forecast.
MoDOT Central District Maintenance Engineer Jason Shafer said “The calendar may say it’s spring, but Mother Nature isn’t following suit and Drivers shouldn’t let their guard down. Snow showers in April can cause just as many problems as they do at other times of the year.”
MoDOT crews will carefully monitor road conditions and treat and plow as needed.
MoDot’s Traveler Information Map, located at modot.org offers the latest road conditions, as well as real-time traffic clow and traffic cameras that provide a view of traffic on the interstates. You can also call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT which is manned and answered 24-hours a day, seven days a week, all year long. Accumulating snowfall will be possible Friday into Friday evening. A hard freeze with temperatures in the teens is expected Saturday morning. Another chance of light accumulating snowfall is possible Sunday morning.
SPRING STROLL IN DOWNTOWN MOBERLY SATURDAY
The Moberly Downtown Association will be hosting the 3rd Annual Spring Stroll this Saturday throughout the downtown area. It’s an opportunity for those attending to go on a shopping adventure and keep the love local as you stroll through the downtown area. Most participating Stroll sponsors have a number of specials and other activities available throughout the day an encourage you to see and participate in the many things happening in downtown Moberly.
TODAY IS ARBOR DAY IN MISSOURI
Today is Arbor Day in Missouri and the Department of Conservation encourages Missourians to celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests all month long by planting native trees and practicing proper tree care. Missouri has been observing the state's official Arbor Day on the first Friday in April since 1886 when the General Assembly declared that day be set aside for the appreciation and planting of trees. National Arbor Day is recognized on the last Friday of April, which is April 27 for 2018.
PATROL STUDENT ALLIANCE PROGRAM
On Saturday, March 10, 2018, 15 Troop B area high school students representing 14 high schools completed the 2018 Troop B Missouri State Highway Patrol Student Alliance Program. The program was conducted at the Troop B Headquarters in Macon, MO, on Saturday, March 3, 2018, and Saturday, March 10, 2018. During the two-day program, students were familiarized with many duties performed by a Missouri state trooper, and participated in hands-on activities such as firing a Glock pistol, stop and approach, and crime scene investigations. The students observed a canine demonstration and heard presentations from several members and civilian employees of the Patrol. The program, which targeted juniors and seniors in high school, was conducted to provide an opportunity for interested individuals to learn more about law enforcement and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
FREE GUIDED TOURS OF MORRISON OBSERVATORY THRU MAY 3RD
The Morrison Observatory is open and all sessions free to the general public every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 pm during April as well as on May 3rd. Guided viewing sessions, tours and comments on historical highlights of the facility will be provided and weather permiting visitors will have the opportunity to take in the many wonders of the night sky. The observatory is located at 504 Park Road in northwest Fayette, across from Fayette City Park and the swimming pool. The Morrison Observatory features a 12 1/2 -inch Clark refractor and a 10-inch reflecting telescope. One fact that many don’t know is the observatory was originally located in Glasgow. It was acquired by Central Methodist in 1927, and moved to its current location in 1935. For additional information call 660-248-6383
VEHICLES COLLIDE IN
A two-vehicle accident on US Highway 63, 2miles south of Greentop at last (WED) night resulted in minor injuries. The accident occurred when a northbound vehicle driven by 34-year-old Katrina A. Burgess of
KMIZ TV reports
The Livingston County Sheriffs Department and Chillicothe Police assisted the Highway Patrol in apprehending an Orrick, MO man after a vehicle pursuit on US Highway36 in
The emphasis on safety is part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13.
The Missouri Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down and not be distracted when driving through construction areas. MODot wants everyone to get home safe and are encouraging everyone to “please pay attention and drive safely in work zones,” In 2017, 13 people were killed in work zone crashes on state system routes and an additional three on the local system, for a total of 16 fatalities. Warmer weather will start a busy season of construction and maintenance work on
Today is Election day for what’s commonly referred to as the municipal elections. A number of bond issues are on today’s ballot, along with candidates for School board, City and County positions and more. Polls opened at and will remain open until tonight.
METH CHARGES LANDS
A Pacific, MO Man was arrested overnight in
FATAL ATV CRASH IN
A Pattonsburg man was killed in a crash involving two ATV’s Monday night in Winston. The Patrol said 30 year old Dallas J. Allen of Pattonsburg was operating an ATV and had a passenger, 10 year old Carly J. Allen of Pattonsburg as another ATV being driven by 29 year old Robert A. Vessar of
BAD CHECKS LANDS
KTVO.com reports authorities in
SNOWFALL TO START APRIL
Mother Nature wasn’t pulling any April fools pranks; instead she delivered precipitation in the form of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow with the heaviest of the snowfall right across North Missouri. Four to five inch snowfall amounts were common between highway 24 and Missouri Route 6 with lesser amounts toward the Iowa border and Interstate 70. Black ice and freezing fog a concern for travelers this morning and Thunderstorms are expected overnight tonight.
A Cairo man was behind the wheel of a pickup on County Road 1330 in Randolph County early this (MON) morning. The patrol said 27-year old Kristofer J. Clickner lost control and his vehicle went off the left side of the roadway, about 2 miles north of Moberly. The truck overturned and became fully submerged in a tributary of Sugar Creek Lake. The driver was taken to Moberly Regional Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. He was later arrested for driving while intoxicated-aggravated offender, driving while revoked, resisting arrest and careless and imprudent driving.
SEVERAL ACCIDENTS OVER THE WEEKEND
As you can imagine, a number of weather related accidents across the area Sunday. 54 year old Marvin E. Crawford of Keytesville sustained moderate injuries when his vehicle overturned after losing control on Route D, 3 miles east of Route 5 in Chariton County at 3:25 yesterday (SUN) afternoon. He was taken to Pershing Hospital for treatment. Just minutes earlier, 4 Milan residents were injured in a one-vehicle wreck on MO Route 6 in Sullivan County. Donna J. Smith Elder was eastbound and stopped in traffic when her vehicle was struck from behind by another auto operated by 65 year old Achenghe Issac Molla. Both drivers received minor injuries as did 17-year-old Ryley J. Head, a passenger in the Smith-Elder pickup. 59-year-old Mary M. Molla had moderate injuries. All received treatment at Sullivan County Hospital. Additional accident reports will be posted on-line at our website throughout the day.
MEXICO AUTHORITIES RESPOND TO PERSON WAVING GUN REPORT
Mexico Department of Public Safety responded to a report of a man waving a gun at 11:33am Friday in response to a report of a man waving a gun in the Garfield Park area of Mexico. Officers arrived and located the suspect vehicle in the 900 block of Tyronn Lue Boulevard. The driver ran from the stop and was taken into custody without incident two blocks later. 27-year-old Ty'Rek Williams of Mexico was arrested on an outstanding Audrain County warrant and the additional charge of Resisting Arrest. Following processing, he was taken to the Audrain County jail. The Audrain County Sheriffs Department assisted in the arrest. No gun was located.
An area teenager was arrested in Chariton County Thursday night on child pornography allegations. The Highway Patrol report says 19 year old Steven T. Greer, of Prairie Hill, was taken into custody on accusations of felony possession of child pornography and furnishing pornography to a minor. He was placed on a 24-hour investigative hold, pending formal charges.
MODOT PROJECTS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 9
MoDOT has announced plans for a shoulder improvement project on Highway 36, around the Marceline Junction next month. Crews will improve and repave the shoulders and replace guardrails on the ramps of the Highway 5/Route U interchange on 36, as well as several miles of 36, from just east of Brookfield to near Bucklin. The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 9 and should be completed by the end of May. Officials say traffic control will be in place at the work area and lane closures will be likely during the project. They say at least one lane of 36 in each direction will remain open at all times.
The recent wet weather has delayed a pair of north Missouri resurfacing projects. Work on Route H in Livingston County and Route J in Carroll County has been delayed until the week of April 9…and will cause lane closures for about 10 days in the work zone.
Sobriety checkpoints will likely become fewer and farther between in the state of Missouri, after the Missouri House Budget Committee voted Thursday to cut funding for checkpoints. The action drew quick criticism from several special-interest groups, who believe the checkpoints are a crucial part of the fight against drunk driving. Legislators say the funding for the checkpoints will be shifted to more saturation patrols, which many feel are more effective and efficient at getting impaired drivers off the roadways. The cuts will also effect funding for checkpoints by local law enforcement.
The Linn County Health Department will hold a prescription drug take-back day on Tuesday, at their office in Brookfield. Unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off for safe disposal, from 9am to 3pm Tuesday. They can not accept sharps, glass, aerosol medications or bio-hazardous materials. That prescription drug take-back day is Tuesday from 9am to 3pm at the Linn County Health Department in Brookfield.
AUXVASSE TEEN INJURED IN THURSDAY COLLISION
An Auxvasse teenager was treated for moderate injuries after his vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on Callaway County Route 3, Thursday morning. 19 year old Cody Nitcher, of Auxvasse, was treated at University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred just after 10am. The patrol says Nitcher completed left turn into the path of the westbound semi.
A Columbia man was arrested this week, in connection with a February robbery at a Columbia home. 26 year old Anthony Acton is being held in the Boone County jail, on a robbery charge and for failing to follow the court’s instructions on a previous robbery charge. Acton is accused of pulling a gun on the victim in his home and taking cash. Acton is also charged for allegedly robbing a man at gunpoint in an August incident.
From ktvo.com: A Kirksville man is behind bars after community tips resulted in a sting operation for child enticement. 45 year old Joseph E. Chistman, of Kirksville, was charged Wednesday with attempted enticement of a child. Kirksville Police had received numerous complaints that Christman was sending inappropriate messages through social media accounts. The Kirksville Regional Computer Crime Unit used an under cover social media profile of a 14 year old girl to make contact with the suspect, who allegedly agreed to meet the girl near a Kirksville park, where Christman was arrested.
Another dangerously dilapidated building in downtown Edina has prompted authorities to close off nearby roads and sidewalks. Edina Police Chief Ryan Bishop says officers oversaw parking and road closures Tuesday, outside 302 East Lafayette Street on Highway 6, where the building’s south-facing windows had shattered overnight and a large crack in the structure had widened after a round of rain and wind.
The Missouri Department of Conservation and the National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a ‘JAKES DAY’ of free fun for area youth, this Saturday at Locust Creek Conservation Area, located near Milan. The day’s events will include archery, shooting, fishing and other outdoor activities, from 8:30am to 1pm on Saturday. Area youth age 6 thru 15 are invited to take part in the free event. Preregistration is required. Call Sullivan County Conservation Agent Sean Ernst at 573-673-7588 for more details.
Moberly’s annual Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt will be held this (Thurs) evening at the Howard Hills Athletic Complex. Kids age 10 and under are invited to take part in the annual hunt, which will begin tonight at around dark. Your asked to bring your own easter basket or bag and flashlight for the event…and dress for chilly and damp weather conditions. That’s tonight at dusk at Moberly’s Howard Hills Athletic Complex.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department arrested a 40 year old woman for burglary and possession of drug paraphernalia, Wednesday night. Residents in the 5800 block of South Howard Orchard Road in Columbia reported the female suspect in their home, rifling through their belongings before running from the scene. Officials found the woman, 40 year old Joyce Reynolds, nearby with items from the victims home. She was charged with burglary, stealing and possession of drug paraphernalia
A Kirksville truck driver was treated for minor injuries after his tractor-trailer ran off Highway 63, just south of Millard, and overturned, at around 6:20am Tuesday. 53 year old Jimmy Stewart, of Kirksville, was the driver of the southbound semi. The patrol says it ran off the left side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned, coming to rest on its side in the median. Stewart was treated by ambulance personnel at the scene.
WHEELING MAN ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY ATTEMPT
A Wheeling man is in custody after an alleged early-morning burglary attempt was thwarted by a property owner. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says the suspect, 34 year old Douglas Steven Coin, of Wheeling, was allegedly seen entering private property at around 6am Tuesday. The property owner attempted to confront the suspect, but he fled the scene in a small pickup and a chase ensued. The property owner was able to contact the Sheriff’s office and give a location for the vehicle. Chillicothe Police and Livingston County Deputies responded, along with a K-9 unit, who was able to track Coin. He was taken into custody on preliminary charges of attempted burglary and driving while revoked.
A Chillicothe teenager was arraigned Tuesday in Livingston County and the 16 year old suspect is being charged as an adult, in connection with the February assault of a juvenile victim. A probable cause statement identified 16 year old Matthew Miller, of Chillicothe, as the suspect in the case. The juvenile victim and another alleged juvenile perpetrator are not named in the court documents. The victim says the two suspects invited him to meet them at a rural Livingston County location to ‘hang out’. During the incident, the two suspects are accused of assaulting, choking and tying up the victim and hitting him with a large rock, before he was able to free himself and escape. Miller’s bond is set at $50,000 dollars cash-only.
A Macon teenager is charged with felony delivery of a controlled substance, after a traffic stop by a Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy, over the past weekend. A probable cause statement accused 19 year old Jose F. Garcia, of Macon, of being in possession of a large amount of marijuana, along with items commonly associated with drug use, in his vehicle. Garcia appeared for arraignment in Macon County on Tuesday.
‘SMOKE TESTING’ WEDNESDAY IN PARTS OF COLUMBIA
Drivers in downtown Columbia and near the Mizzou campus can expect some delays and lane closures this (Wed) morning, as crews will be doing smoke testing of sewer lines. While the artificial smoke is non-toxic, non-staining and odorless, it could set off smoke alarms in buildings that use visual detection. The tests help identify issues in the infrastructure of the Columbia sewer system.
Heavy rain caused major flash-flooding problems in the Moberly area Monday, along with parts of Chariton and Howard Counties. Some locations received more than five inches of rain, which caused water over roadways in locations that do not normally flood…and also resulted in numerous reports of flooded basements in the area. Moberly first responders were involved in several water rescues from submerged vehicles during the worst of the flooding. The Missouri Department of Transportation says floodwaters have receded substantially overnight, but there are still a handful of secondary road closures this morning. The latest information on high water closures is always available online at modot.org.
Heavy rain was a factor in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred just before noon Monday on Highway 24, just east of Clifton Hill. The patrol says 21 year old Brooke Summerville, of Salisbury, lost control of her westbound vehicle when it hydroplaned on the wet driving surface. It ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its top in the ditch. Summerville sought her own treatment for minor injuries.
A Trenton driver escaped with only minor injuries after his vehicle ran off Highway 6, just west of Humphreys in Sullivan County, early Monday morning. 38 year old Joshua Vandevender, of Trenton, was treated and released at Wright Memorial Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 4:45am. The patrol says his eastbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a fence and ditch and overturned.
A Kansas man was killed and a Tennessee driver suffered serious injuries in a Monday morning accident on I-70, near the 93-mile marker in Cooper County. It occurred just before 8am. The patrol says a westbound pickup, driven by 27 year old Alejandro Esparaza-Cardona, of Wichita, Kansas, had stopped in the roadway, due to a previous accident and Cardona had exited his vehicle. He was struck and killed by a westbound tractor-trailer, driven by 28 year old Brian Tomlinson, of Dyersburg, TN. After impact, the semi ran off the highway, struck the guardrail and then several trees. Tomlinson suffered serious injuries and was treated at University Hospital.
A detention officer at the Daviess-Dekalb Regional Jail has been charged with two counts of sexual misconduct involving inmates. Court documents accuse 27 year old Michael Byrd, of Bethany, in both Clinton and Daviess Counties. The victims say Byrd forced inmates to engage in sexual acts on multiple occasions, including an incident at a rest area on I-35, while Byrd was transporting inmates from Jackson County. Byrd is free on $15,000 dollars bond and is schedule for an arraignment next month.
A four-year-old child was seriously injured when a pickup overturned off Daviess County Route P, just east of Jameson, Saturday evening. The child was transported by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30pm. The patrol says an eastbound pickup, driven by 29 year old Andrew Adkison, of Jameson, ran off the roadway and overturned. Adkison was treated for minor injuries at Harrison County Community Hospital in Bethany.
A Saline County teenager was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after her car ran off Highway 20, just after 10pm Sunday night. 17 year old Moradiance Wheeler, of Malta Bend, was the driver of the southbound vehicle. The patrol says she suffered serious injuries when it traveled off the roadway, went airborne and struck an embankment.
Two Columbia residents were injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Saturday morning, just south of the Cairo junction on Highway 63. 59 year old Richard McKenzie, of Columbia, was the driver of the southbound vehicle. The patrol says it ran off the roadway, just before 9am, and overturned, coming to rest on its passenger side in the median. McKenzie and his passenger, 56 year old Debbie McKenzie, of Columbia, were both treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
A Paris driver was seriously injured in a Friday afternoon accident on Highway 24, just east of Moberly. 34 year old Arvell Tillman, of Paris, was taken to University Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 3:20pm. The patrol says he attempted to avoid another vehicle that had slowed to make a turn. Tillman was seriously injured when his vehicle ran off the highway and overturned, coming to rest in a farm field.
A months-long Randolph County drug investigation resulted in multiple arrests on drug charges on Friday. Randolph County deputies and Moberly Police made a total of nine arrests on counts involving the distribution or delivery of a controlled substance. Investigators say the North Missouri Drug Task Force made multiple undercover drug buys during the investigation. Seven Moberly residents are charged, including Tara L. Belcher, Tyler H. Bennett, Charles L. Grosvenor, Tyler W. Kelsay, Austin Westberg, Thomas L. Miller, Jr., and Carl L. Bode. Also charged are Bailer Coleman of Huntsville and Evan J. Hayes of DeWitt.
The Brookfield Police Department is investigating a shots fired incident, which injured a male victim, on the lot of Smith Motor in Brookfield. It occurred at around 11am Wednesday. Investigators say the victim was outside his vehicle, looking at other vehicles in the parking lot when he was struck by a single gunshot in the back. He was driven by private vehicle to Pershing Memorial Hospital for treatment. The victim and witnesses at the scene say they heard the gunshot. Brookfield Police are investigating the incident with assistance by the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Brookfield Police at 258-3385.
The suspect in a Tuesday morning stabbing incident at a Memphis residence has been arrested and is in custody. Police say 34 year old Curtis Anthony Cousins, of Washington, Iowa, was arrested Tuesday evening at a Memphis home. He is charged with first-degree assault and is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. Cousins is accused of stabbing a male victim multiple times, during a confrontation in the garage of a home on Dial Court in Memphis, early Tuesday morning. The victim was hospitalized for treatment.
A former Slater police officer pleaded guilty this week to a felony child endangerment charge. 30 year old Benjamin Thomas, of Slater was the suspect. He was initially charged with second-degree sodomy, after he was accused of being involved in a relationship with a 16 year old female victim. Saline County Prosecutors say the victim refused to cooperate in the prosecution, so they accepted Thomas’ guilty plea to a lesser charge. Thomas will be placed on five years probation.
A Columbia man faces multiple charges after a suspicious package, which was shipped to a Boonville address, was seized and found to contain 22 pounds of high-grade marijuana, plus an undisclosed amount of cash. Boonville Police and the MUSTANG Drug Task Force were involved in the investigation. 38 year old Kelvon Dow, of Columbia was arrested and is being held in the Cooper County Jail on charges of delivery and distribution of a controlled substance. Investigators say more arrests are likely in the case.
Columbia Police are looking for a male suspect, who allegedly tried to pick up an 11 year old boy, who was walking home from Fairview Elementary School, Tuesday afternoon. The child says the man’s vehicle drove past him multiple times before he stopped and told the boy to get in. The boy ran from the scene. The suspect is described as a middle-aged white male with a white mustache and beard. He was wearing a dark-colored baseball cap and a dark-colored shirt. Columbia Public School officials were notified of the incident and have increased security at the school.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released more details on an officer-involved shooting, which occurred Monday in Daviess County. A suspect vehicle was identified as having been involved in a home invasion robbery in Ridgeway at around 10:45am Monday. A Highway Patrol trooper pursued the vehicle on I-35 in Daviess County, until the vehicle ran off a Daviess County Highway and two occupants fled on foot. The male driver allegedly fired shots at the trooper, who returned fire, striking the male suspect. He is identified as 52 year old Elmer Martin Sorrell, of High Ridge, MO. He was treated for his injuries at Liberty Hospital and faces multiple charges, including robbery, stealing, resisting arrest and assault on a law enforcement officer. A female passenger, 55 year old Lisa Ann Legge, of Washington, MO was also arrested and is charged with burglary, robbery and stealing.
City officials in Lancaster are working to determine what to do with a downtown building that collapsed early Tuesday morning. Officials say the building, located on the northern part of the Lancaster Square, is over 100 years old and its flat roof and age are the likely factors which caused the collapse. The owner, who lives in California, has been contacted, but city officials are hoping for emergency funding to demolish the building, which is leaning toward a neighboring business.
A Memphis, MO man is being sought on a felony assault charge, after a stabbing incident, which occurred early Tuesday morning. 34 year old Curtis Anthony Cousins, of Memphis, is charged in the case and a male victim was treated at Scotland County Hospital for multiple stab wounds. Court documents alleged that the stabbing occurred in the garage of a home on Dial Court, when the victim confronted Cousins about his interactions with a family member. Cousins is believed to have fled the scene in a black Mitsubishi Lancer with Iowa license plates. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact Memphis Police.
The Moberly Job Fair will be held this afternoon at Municipal Auditorium. The Moberly Chamber of Commerce says more than 40 area employers are expected to be on-hand for the event, which will be open from 2 to 6pm. Applicants are encouraged to bring your resume and other information necessary to fill out an application, and be ready to interview. Again, the Moberly Job Fair is today from 2 to 6pm at Municipal Auditorium.
A former Moniteau County teacher, who is accused of having sex with a 16 year old student, has now been charged in Cooper County. Clairyssa Lorenz was originally charged with statutory rape in Moniteau County. She has now been charged with sexual contact with a student in Cooper County, as well. Investigators say the charges involve the same 16 year old victim, but that incidents allegedly occurred in both counties in June and July of 2017.
Authorities are investigating the death of a two-month-old baby in a Rothville home. Chariton County authorities received a 911 call from a residence in the 300 block of Main Street in Rothville, at around 10am Monday. When investigators arrived, they found a two-month-old girl dead inside the home. Officials have not said whether the child lived at that residence. They have not released any names or any other details about the circumstances of the death. An autopsy has been scheduled. The investigation is being conducted by the Chariton County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance from the Highway Patrol.
Authorities say a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper chased two robbery suspects on foot Monday morning and returned fire and shot one of the suspects. The Highway Patrol says a theft in progress was reported at a home in Ridgway, at around 10:45am Monday. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department provided a vehicle and suspect description and a trooper gave chase to a vehicle on I-35 before it crashed into a ditch. Investigators say the male driver and a female occupant fled on foot, with the trooper pursuing. The male suspect shot at the trooper, who returned fire. Both suspects were taken into custody. The male suspect was treated for injuries at a Kansas City area hospital.
Fire crews were called to the parking lot of a New Cambria Bank, Monday afternoon, where a car had caught fire. Officials say the car suffered extensive damage under the hood, before firefighters were able to get it under control. There were no injuries and no damage to any other vehicles.
MOBERLY SUSPECT IN CUSTODY AFTER ARREST IN KENTUCKY
A Moberly man, who was wanted in connection with an alleged assault, was arrested in Kentucky. Investigators say the suspect, 24 year old Matthew Graves, of Moberly, was accused of being involved in a fight in the parking lot of a Moberly business, at around 7 o’clock Friday morning. One victim was treated for injuries. Authorities say Graves fled the area and was arrested by authorities in Cadiz, Kentucky, on Sunday. He is being held in the Christian County Jail on $100,000 dollars bond, pending extradition.
COLUMBIA DRIVER HURT IN HIGHWAY 54 ACCIDENT
A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 54, just west of Mexico in Audrain County, Monday afternoon. It occurred at around 1:30pm. The patrol says 36 year old Charles Campbell, of Columbia, lost control of his eastbound car and it ran off the roadway and struck an embankment. Campbell was taken to University Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
A Macon driver suffered moderate injuries in a Sunday morning accident on Highway 63 at the Route 22 junction in Boone County. 22 year old Beverly Huddleston, of Macon, was treated at University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:30am. The patrol says she apparently fell asleep at the wheel of her vehicle. It ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail face twice, coming to rest in the median.
Two Marshall teenagers were injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred at around Saturday afternoon, at around 4:40pm, on Highway 20 in Lafayette County. 19 year old Esmerelda Tinoco, of Marshall, was the driver of an eastbound car. The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned. Tinoco and her passenger, 16 year old Ismael Tinoco, of Marshall, were both treated for moderate injuries at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall.
Three Kirksville residents were injured in a Friday afternoon accident on Highway 6, just west of Novinger. It occurred just after 3:30pm. The patrol says an eastbound vehicle, driven by 35 year old Le Petit Bunze, of Kirksville, was attempting to pass a line of cars when another eastbound car, driven by 29 year old Meris Kempamo Bile, of Kirksville, also pulled out to pass and the two vehicles collided. Bunze’s SUV overturned off the roadway. Three passengers in his vehicle sustained moderate injuries…35 year old Alidor Masingo, 33 year old Tersor Mpeti, and 32 year old Prince Yawenda, all of Kirksville. They were all taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.
A Hamilton woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday night accident on I-35 at Shoal Creek in Clinton County. 54 year old Gina Saunders, of Hamilton, was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 10pm. The patrol says her vehicle was northbound in the southbound lanes of the highway, ran into the median and crashed into Shoal Creek, coming to rest on its drivers side.
A Sunday morning accident on a Cooper County highway seriously injured two occupants of the vehicle. It occurred just after 6:20am. 21 year old Joshua Bailey, of Blackwater, was the driver…21 year old Caleb Miller, of Boonville, was his passenger. The patrol says Bailey failed to negotiate a curve and the vehicle ran off the roadway, struck the ground, a utility pole, a fence and a tree and then caught fire. Both occupants were taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
A Saturday fire destroyed the Friendship Christian Church, located north of Centralia. The Boone County and Little Dixie Fire Departments were called to the blaze, late Saturday afternoon, and found flames coming through the roof. Additional assistance was called in from other local fire departments to get the fire under control. Officials say the church building was a total loss. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Chillicothe Police are looking for a 13 year old juvenile, who was reported missing, just after 3pm Thursday. Jayden Joseph Beltran was last seen in the 1500 block of Calhoun Street in Chillicothe. He is about 5-1 and 100 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a chipped front tooth and was last seen wearing a camo jacket with hood, blue jeans and navy blue shoes. Anyone with information is urged to contact Chillicothe Police.
A Moberly man is in custody after authorities responded to a report of an incident with a gun in rural Randolph County, Thursday morning. Deputies were called to the Deerfield Apartments, on County Road JJ west of Moberly, at around 3:45am. They say the suspect, 23 year old Jeremy Allen Bell, of Moberly, allegedly pulled a gun during a confrontation in one of the apartments. The other apartments were evacuated and officers entered the building and found that Bell had fled the scene. He was later found, with the assistance of a K-9 unit, hiding in a wooded area near the residence. Bell was taken into custody without incident.
LA PLATA MAN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED WALMART THEFT
A La Plata man is charged with attempting to steal from an Ottumwa, Iowa Walmart last week. The alleged incident occurred on March 5. Authorities say Audra Owen Newcomer, of La Plata, and an accomplice, allegedly loaded up a Walmart shopping cart and tried to exit the store through a fire escape, where the accomplice waited with a getaway car. Investigators say the incident was captured on security cameras. Newcomer has pleaded not guilty to theft charges in the case.
A Clark man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison, after a Chariton County Jury found him guilty of ten felony charges, including child molestation and enticement. 47 year old Alonzo Bernard Thorpe, of Clark, was tried in Chariton County on a change of venue from Randolph County. The allegations stemmed from incidents, which occurred between 2011 and 2014 and involved two victims under the age of 14. Thorpe was sentenced to ten years for each of the ten felony counts, to be served consecutively.
A Centralia man faces rape and sodomy charges, after he was accused of attacking a female victim at his home. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says 40 year old Christopher Malloy, of Centralia, was arrested Wednesday. Formal charges were filed Thursday and bond is set at $13,500 dollars.
A driver from Center, MO was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after his pickup ran off Route 19 in Ralls County, Wednesday afternoon. The accident occurred, just north of Center, at around 1:20pm. 29 year old William Sullivan was the driver of the southbound vehicle. The patrol says it ran of the roadway and struck a tree. Sullivan was flown from the scene to University Hospital in Columbia.
MISSING CARROLLTON MAN FOUND SAFE
A Carrollton man, who went missing Sunday, has been found. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department says Ross Flick was found alive. He had been reported missing earlier this week, after he had not been seen or heard from since Sunday. No further details on the disappearance have been released.
A Mercer County teenager is charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a fatal traffic crash, which occurred last fall. Authorities arrested 17 year old Elijah Mandich, of Princeton, on Wednesday. He is accused of operating a motor vehicle at excessive speed and using his cell phone while driving, in connection with an accident on Highway 65 in October of last year. 18 year old Saige Boswell, of Lineville, Iowa was killed in that collision. Mandich’s Bond has been set at $25,000 dollars cash-only. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment today (Thurs).
A Clinton woman, who was in the home where Clinton Police Officer Christopher Morton was shot and killed on March 6, has been charged with second-degree murder in the case. Authorities say Tammy Widger was initially arrested on the day of the shooting and charged with possession of meth with intent to deliver. Investigators say her criminal activity resulted in the incident that caused Morton’s death. Officer Morton was shot and killed and two other officers were injured when they responded to a 911 call at the home. The gunman, James Waters, was found dead inside the home. His death is still under investigation.
The Boone County Sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of two suspects in connection with a shooting incident, which occurred last week. Deputies were called to the Gregory Heights subdivision on March 7, after multiple 911 calls reported gunshots. Authorities then learned a young male victim was treated for a gunshot wound at a local hospital. Two juvenile suspects have been arrested in the case this week…they were turned over to Juvenile Authorities, accused of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and felony resisting arrest.
A Palmyra couple were both treated for moderate injuries, after their car ran off a Marion County road, just after 11am Wednesday. 53 year old Laurie Hobbs, of Palmyra was the driver of the southbound vehicle. 53 year old Brent Hobbs was her passenger. The patrol says the vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a concrete post. Both occupants were treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
The Adair County Coroner’s Office has released information on an accident, which killed a Brashear man over the past weekend. It occurred Saturday morning at around 11am at a home on Twin Oaks Lane, outside Brashear. Adair County Coroner Brian Noe says Matthew ‘Matt’ Bleything, of Brashear, was working under a car at his residence, when the car rolled off a railroad tie and pinned him under the vehicle. Bleything was pronounced dead at the scene. Noe says the death has been ruled an accident.
The Marceline Carnegie Library is set to sponsor an informational meeting on Dyslexia, tomorrow (Thurs) evening. The interactive presentation is open to everyone. Lachrissa Smith, a Dyslexic Consultant and school superintendent, will conduct the program, with lots of good information, including details on a new state law, which requires dyslexia screenings for all students. The meeting will begin at 6:30pm tomorrow at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline.
BBB AND HAND-IN-HAND OPEN HOUSE EVENTS NEXT TUESDAY
Brookfield Bright Beginnings Preschool will hold an enrollment open house next week…Tuesday evening from 5 to 6:30pm at the preschool on the Brookfield R-3 campus. Parents and children are welcome to attend, meet the teachers, tour the facility and enroll for the 2018-19 school year. The Linn County Area Career and Technical Center will also hold an open house Tuesday evening for their ‘Hand-in-Hand’ Lab School, also for preschool-age children. The public is welcome from 5 to 6pm. For more information, contact the Brookfield Preschool Office at 258-2445.
Mexico authorities have released the identity of the victim in a fatal fire, which occurred late Monday night. 84 year old Ruby Hamlett, died in the blaze, which caused extensive damage to her home. Mexico Firefighters responded to the scene at around 11pm Monday. They say flames were coming out of the back of the home when they arrived and firefighters were unable to get inside the home until they got the fire under control. Hamlett’s body was recovered early Tuesday morning.
There were no serious injuries in a nine-vehicle pileup, which occurred Tuesday afternoon at Vandiver Driver and Paris Road in Columbia. Police say a vehicle ran a red light at the intersection, striking one vehicle, and causing a chain-reaction crash that involved nine vehicles. Five persons were taken to a Columbia hospital for treatment of injuries, but none of those injuries were serious.
A Columbia man faces charges after the death of his six month old child, earlier this week. Police say medics responded a report of an unresponsive child at the Break Time convenience store on Nifong Boulevard, shortly before 4:30am Monday. The child was later pronounced dead at a Columbia hospital. Doctors reported bruising on her head and torso and police say the child’s father, Cortavia Smith, says he accidentally kicked the girl and then took her to the Break Time, where another family member was present, to try CPR. Prosecutors have charged Smith with endangering the welfare of a child. His bond has been set at $500,000 dollars cash-only.
Drivers from Kirksville and Harrisburg were seriously injured in a head-on collision on Route 124 in Boone County, just before midnight Sunday night. The patrol says a westbound vehicle driven by 24 year old Cody Mordica, of Harrisburg, crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound vehicle driven by 20 year old Alexander Tubbergen-Magglio, of Kirksville. Both drivers suffered serious injuries. A passenger in Mordica’s vehicle, 22 year old Alexandria Carney-Jackson, of Harrisburg sustained moderate injuries. All three were taken to University Hospital for treatment.
Two separate power outages left about 3,000 Ameren Missouri customers without power in north Missouri Monday evening. The first outage, just after 5pm, left much of Kirksville and surrounding communities without power. Officials say a voltage change caused an automatic shutdown at a substation, but the outage generally lasted just a few minutes. A second outage Monday evening was caused by an equipment malfunction at another Kirksville substation. It affected locations from northern Kirksville into Schuyler County and lasted about an hour for most customers. Ameren says all power was restored Monday evening.
SUSPENDED SOUTHWEST AT LUDLOW PRINCIPAL CHARGED
The Principal at the Southwest Livingston County School in Ludlow has been suspended and is formally charged with stealing prescription drugs. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department says 44 year old Christopher Scott Calhoun, of Chillicothe, is accused of stealing the prescription medications Percocet and Adderall from a locked medicine cabinet at the school, which is monitored by the school nurse. Calhoun’s bond is set at $10,000 dollars.
A former Marshall resident has been sentenced in federal court for possession of child pornography. 48 year old Kenneth Larrechea, now an Arkansas resident, was sentenced to 13 years without parole, followed by ten years supervised release. Larrechea pleaded guilty in November to receiving child pornography through an instant messaging and chat application. The arrest was part of an FBI investigation into a New York man, who was accused of distributing child pornography to numerous individual in 2015. Marshall Police assisted in that investigation. Authorities say they found more than 400 illegal videos and 70 illegal images in his possession.
Firefighters say one woman died in an overnight house fire at a Mexico home. The fire was reported at around 11pm Monday and firefighters arrived to the scene on Elm Tree Drive to find flames visible from the back of the home and the garage. They say the body of a female resident of the home was recovered from the residence early this morning. Her name has not been released. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
A Friday night accident on Route 149, just north of Novinger in Adair County, sent a driver to the hospital with serious injuries…and also resulted in his arrest. According to the patrol, 52 year old John Sizemore was the driver of the truck, which ran off the highway and struck several trees and a vehicle. He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The patrol says Sizemore was also arrested for alleged driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender.
KIRKSVILLE STUDENT ACCUSED OF THREAT AGAINST WALKOUT
Kirksville High School students held a walkout Friday, in response to the recent high school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Now a Kirksville teen is in custody after allegedly making a threat, prior to Friday’s event. According to Kirksville Police, a 15 year old is accused of posting a threatening message on snapchat, with the image of two shotguns and three rifles on a bed, and the caption ‘walkout ready’. The teen was arrested Thursday night on a charge of making a terrorist threat and was transported to the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center in Kirksville.
Saline County authorities arrested a suspect, over the weekend, in connection with Friday’s death of a Slater resident. The suspect, Adam E. McAlister, of Marshall, is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the case. Authorities say the investigation began after the body of 31 year old Lance Gibson, of Slater, was found at a Slater home in the early morning hours on Friday. No further details have been released, pending a court date. Slater Police were assisted in the investigation by the Saline County Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.
A Vandalia motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Saturday afternoon accident on I-70. The crash occurred at around 1:30pm Saturday on Westbound I-70 near Jonesburg in Montgomery County. The patrol says the driver, 48 year old Carl Heaston, of Vandalia, lost control as he slowed due to traffic congestion. He was ejected when the motorcycle ran off the roadway.
Two Columbia residents face multliple charges after police say they were found with more than 200 cloned credit and debit cards in a truck. According to court documents, the two suspects, Yaneisis Hernandez-Romero and Lazaro Fernandez-Iglesias, were arrested March 3 at the Walmart on Conley Road. Authorities say a search of their vehicle turned up a total of 206 cloned credit and debit cards, along with a computer and other equipment used in the process. Investigators say the two are also suspects in four other forgery investigations.
A Carrollton woman and a Norborne man were both killed in a head-on collision, which occurred Thursday morning on Highway 65 in Carroll County. 62 year old Esther Gregg, of Carrollton was the driver of a northbound vehicle. 45 year old Spencer Alexander, of Norborne was her passenger. Both were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, which occurred just after 6am. The patrol says their car was struck head-on by a southbound pickup, which crossed the centerline. That driver, 51 year old Monty Isaacs, of Bogard, was treated for moderate injuries at Carroll County Memorial Hospital in Carrollton.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating several reports received in the past few days, of persons vandalizing the lobby of the Wheeling Post Office. Sheriff Steve Cox notes the reports include the lobby being trashed, items destroyed and the United States flag being taken down. Cox says evidence suggests those responsible are juveniles. Anyone with information is urged to call the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
A Humphreys man faces multiple charges after his arrest Thursday by the Highway Patrol in Sullivan County. 42 year old Brian McDonald, of Humphreys, was arrested after a traffic stop. He is accused of driving an off-road recreational vehicle on a highway and without a valid license and possession of drug paraphernalia. McDonald was also arrested on outstanding Grundy County warrants for DWI, third-degree domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon. He was taken to the Sullivan County Jail.
A jury found Jason Lage, of Fulton, guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action in a 2014 Madison shooting. The jury returned a guilty verdict after eight hours of deliberation Thursday. Lage was acquitted on one count of tampering with evidence in the case. He was accused in the 2014 shooting death of Zachary Dawson during a robbery. His co-defendant in the case, Jessica Munoz, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and tampering with evidence in 2016. She is serving a seven-year sentence.
Two Moberly residents face felony stealing charges in St. Charles County, after their arrest by Centralia Police this week. 28 year old Crystal Foreman and 24 year old Michael Knisel, both of Moberly, were both wanted on St. Charles area warrants from February. Officers located the two suspects, apparently living out of a car in the Centralia area. They were taken into custody after a short foot pursuit and could also face charges of resisting arrest. Bond on the St. Charles County warrants is set at $10,000 dollars.
The National Weather Service will be wrapping up its annual series of storm spotter training programs around the area, over the next few weeks. A Storm Spotter Training Program will be held this (Thurs) evening at 7pm at the Glasgow Fire Department. The Kirksville Area storm spotter program is scheduled for March 20th at the Reheboth Baptist Church. Storm Spotter programs will also be held on March 22 at Schuyler County High School in Queen City and on March 27 at the Milan Community Center. All sessions are free and open to the public.
The Linn and Livingston County Young Farmers and Ranchers Organization will host a spring market outlook meeting, next week in Chillicothe. The meeting, presented by the USDA’s Tony Hancock, will be held Tuesday, March 13, at 7pm at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Meals by ‘Uprooted Kitchen’ will be available beginning at 6pm. RSVP or find out more about the meeting by contacting the Linn or Livingston County Farm Bureau Offices.
BROOKFIELD FBLA TO HOLD FUNDRAISING BREAKFAST
The Brookfield FBLA Chapter has announced plans for a fundraising breakfast later this month. A freewill donation breakfast will be served on Saturday, March 24 at the Brickhouse Bar and Grill in Brookfield, from 7 to 10:30am. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy and more will be on the menu. Freewill donations will help send 25 Brookfield FBLA members to the State Leadership Conference next month. Again, that fundraising breakfast will be March 24 at the Brickhouse in Brookfield.
BOONE COUNTY FIRE INCLUDES POTENTIAL HAZMAT SITUATION
There were no injuries when Boone County firefighters battled a blaze that involved a potential hazmat situation, Wednesday night. Firefighters were called to the location, on Alan Circle, just north of Columbia, where they indicated they had encountered an unknown potentially hazardous material. A short time later the fire was under control and officials say the unkown substance was identified as anti-freeze. There were no injuries.
A Columbia man has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon, after he was accused of pointing a gun at a pedestrian in downtown Columbia. Michael Burns, of Columbia, is the suspsect in the case. Investigators say Burns is accused of exiting his car at the corner of Cherry and Hitt Streets, yelling at a pedestrian and pointing a gun at the pedestrian. No shots were fired.
EARLY MORNING ACCIDENT DAMAGES MAIL COLLECTION BINS
Columbia Police are investigating a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early this (Thurs) morning, causing damage to multiple mail collection boxes outside the Columbia Post Office on Walnut Street. Officers say the accident occurred at around 3:40am. They say the vehicle struck and knocked over several post office collection boxes at the scene. The accident is under investigation.
CLINTON, MO POLICE OFFICER SHOT TO DEATH, TWO OFFICERS INJURED
A Clinton, MO Police Officer was killed and two officers were injured in a shootout with a suspect at a Clinton home Tuesday night. The Highway Patrol says officers responded to a 911 call, in which two women were heard screaming in the background, just after 9 o’clock last night. When they arrived, shots were fired from inside the home. 30 year old Officer Christopher Ryan Morton suffered a fatal gunshot wound. Two other officers were hospitalized, one with moderate injuries and the other with minor injuries. A standoff at the residence ended when a SWAT team entered the home early this (Wed) morning and found the suspect dead. The Highway Patrol’s Division of Crime Control is conducting the investigation.
A Kirksville man is charged with rape and sodomy, in connection with an incident, which occurred in January. Court documents accuse 34 year old Alexis Jimenez Diaz, of Kirksville, of one count each of rape or attempted rape and sodomy or attempted sodomy. Diaz was arrested after an incident on January 26, when he allegedly assaulted the victim at a residence on West Cottonwood Drive. Diaz is being held on $15,000 dollars bond. He is scheduled for arraignment in Adair County today (Wed).
A Milan teenager has been charged with a sex-related crime, involving a child under the age of 14. Authorities say the charges stem from an alleged incident, which occurred last September in Grundy County. 18 year old Sean Keaton Babbitt, of rural Milan, is charged with child molestation in the third degree, involving a child under 14. His bond has been set at $20,000 dollars cash-only and is scheduled for a court appearance in Grundy County next week.
Boonville residents are being reminded to keep their vehicles locked after multiple recent car break-ins have been reported. Police say they are currently investigating a number of recent incidents involving reports of vehicles broken into. They say 90 percent of those cases involve vehicles that were left unlocked and unattended. Police recommend that people keep their cars locked everywhere they are parked.
COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED WITH STALKING AND HARRASSMENT
A Columbia man is charged with felony stalking and harassment, after his arrest Sunday night. Officers were called to a report of a hostage situation, where a woman was allegedly being held against her will at the Welcome Inn in Columbia. After police made contact with the victim, they determined she was not being held against her will, but was trying to get away from the suspect and was receiving threatening texts. Roger Mahan, of Columbia, was arrested and charged with first-degree stalking and harassment and is being held without bond, pending a court appearance.
A Columbia woman was killed and a Moberly woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 24, just west of Moberly. It occurred at around 12:10pm. The patrol says an eastbound car, driven by 46 year old Heather Unglesvee, of Columbia, crossed the center line and collided head-on with a westbound vehicle, driven by 69 year old Bonnie Kiser, of Moberly. Unglesvee was pronounced dead the scene. Kiser was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.
A Braymer driver suffered moderate injuries when his pickup ran off Route 116, just east of Cowgill in Caldwell County, early Monday morning. It occurred just before 4:30am. 21 year old Samuel Wright, of Braymer, was the driver of the eastbound vehicle. The patrol says it ran off the roadway, struck a drain tube, vaulted over a driveway and overturned, coming to rest on its top. Wright was taken to Cameron Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries, and was then transferred to Liberty Hospital.
The partial collapse of a downtown Edina building reduced traffic on Highway 6 to one lane, Monday morning. Police received a report of the collapse at 100 South Main in Edina, just before 7:30am. Officials say crews had the debris off the road and traffic normalized by 8am. The building, known as the ‘Old Stagecoach Building’ was partially demolished in May of 2016 after being declared unsafe. An arrest warrant for the owner, who lives in Birch Tree, Missouri, was issued after the building lay untouched for more than a year and could face a fine of $100 dollars per day since the building has been in violation of city ordinance.
After a report of an incident in which a man posed as a law enforcement officer in Columbia over the weekend, Columbia Police gave an update on ways to discern a real officer from an imposter. The victim reported being pulled over Saturday by a dark-colored, unmarked SUV with flashing yellow lights. Columbia Police vehicles flashing lights are always blue and red. Officers will have an identifying patch on their uniform, unlike the suspect in the weekend incident. Officials say, if something feels ‘off’ about a traffic stop, find a safe, well-lit place to stop and you can call 911 to confirm whether the stop is legitimate. Saturday’s incident is still under investigation. The victim was not injured.
Drivers from Monroe City and Illinois were both seriously injured in a Saturday evening collision on Highway 36, just east of Monroe City. It occurred just after 5:30pm. The patrol says 17 year old Nolan Pennewell, of Monroe City, attempted to cross Highway 36 and struck the towed unit of an eastbound tractor-trailer, driven by 59 year old Michael Pribble, of Coello, Illinois. The collision caused the trailer to lose its axles and overturn. Both Pennewell and Pribble suffered serious injuries. A passenger in the semi, 56 year old Deborah Durando, of Illinois, sustained minor injuries. All three were taken to Hannibal Regional Hospital for treatment.
A Bevier driver was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday evening motorcycle accident on Macon County Route V, just south of Anabel, which occurred at around 7:15pm. 22 year old Timothy Gladhill, of Bevier, was the driver of the northbound motorcycle. The patrol says he swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway and was ejected when the bike ran off the road and overturned. Gladhill was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.
A Cairo driver was treated for moderate injuries, Friday evening, after she was struck by her own vehicle on a county road, just south of Cairo, at around 5pm. 21 year old Chyna Snodgrass, of Cairo, was taken to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says she was low on gas and exited the vehicle while it was in motion, in an attempt to push it. She fell to the ground and was struck by the vehicle.
A Saturday afternoon grass fire burned about 100 acres in Livingston County, just off Highway 190, near the Thompson River bridge. Officials say a truck and trailer was hauling hay bales when they caught on fire, then caught the grass on fire. High winds and dry vegetation caused difficulties in battling the blaze. The Livingston County Rural Fire Department was assisted by firefighters from the Lock Springs, Chula and Dawn Fire Departments, along with the Missouri Department of Conservation and spent about five hours on the scene.
Columbia Police took a 15 year old student into custody, over the weekend, for allegedly posting a threatening message on Facebook, while using someone else’s phone and Facebook account. Authorities say the post threatened to shoot students at Hickman High School and included a racial slur. Police say the suspect allegedly stole the phone to make the threatening post. They say investigators recovered the stolen phone in the trunk of a car at the suspect’s residence.
Two Atlanta residents were treated for moderate injuries after their vehicle struck a deer in the roadway on Macon County Route J, northwest of Atlanta, at around 7:45pm Thursday. 42 year old Melissa Cuppy, of Atlanta, was the driver of the westbound vehicle. 15 year old Chandler Cuppy was a passenger. The patrol says both were treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.
Three persons were injured in a collision involving three vehicles on Highway 5 in Howard County, which occurred Thursday evening at around 5:25pm. The patrol says a northbound pickup, driven by 16 year old Viola Wayland, of Fayette, tried to overtake a northbound vehicle driven by 54 year old Tami Hendrix, of New Franklin. When Wayland’s pickup went into the passing lane, it struck an oncoming car, driven by 81 year old Beverly Campbell, of Boonville, head-on. The pickup then struck the rear of Hendrix’ car. Wayland and a passenger in her vehicle, 17 year old Alexuss Roth, of Armstrong, were both taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries. Campbell also suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Cooper County Memorial Hospital.
LIVINGSTON COUNTY SHERIFF INVESTIGATING MISSING CATTLE
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two incidents of missing cattle, which were both reported on Monday. One report, from the Dawn area, involves a missing Angus bull, weighing about 2100 pounds, with ear tag #59. A second report, from the very northeast part of Livingston County is a missing black cow-calf pair. Anyone with information on the missing cattle is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department or your local law enforcement.
A Columbia nurse and business owner has pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegally obtaining prescription drugs. 41 year old Elisabeth Joan Trumbower, of Columbia, pleaded guilty this week in federal court, to a charge of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery or deception. Trumbower, a registered nurse and the owner of Pela Cura Anti-Aging and Wellness, in Columbia, was accused of forging a radiologist’s signature and using his DEA registration number to obtain prescriptions on 25 occasions at ten different locations in 2016. A sentencing hearing date is pending in the case.
Four people were injured in a Wednesday afternoon collision on Highway 63, just north of Sublette, in Adair County. It occurred at around 4pm. The patrol says a northbound pickup, driven by 32 year old Tyson Vincent, of Queen City, crossed the centerline and collided with an oncoming SUV, driven by 45 year old Sara Morris, of Queen City. After the collision, Vincent’s vehicle ran off the highway and struck a tree and Morris’ vehicle overturned and slid off the roadway. Sara Morris suffered moderate injuries, as did a passenger in her vehicle, 17 year old Carli White, of Queen City. Another passenger, 16 year old Lauren Morris, of Queen City, was treated for minor injuries. Vincent was also treated for minor injuries. All four were taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
The Chillicothe Police report includes information on a stabbing incident, which occurred Tuesday night. Officers responded to the 400 block of Jackson Street, where a victim was flown to a trauma hospital with moderate injuries. Officers say one suspect was taken into custody and was later transported to a facility for mental health treatment. The names of the parties involved have not been released.
A suspect escaped from police custody in Marshall Wednesday morning, but was taken back into custody a short time later. The Saline County Sheriff’s Office says 34 year old Christopher Miller escaped from custody at or near the Saline County Courthouse in Marshall. Local schools and businesses were notified that Miller had escaped and a manhunt ensued. A short time later, Miller was taken back into custody without incident.
A Trenton man faces felony charges, after his arrest Tuesday by Trenton Police. 31 year old Aaron Michael Perez, Jr., of Trenton, was taken into custody after the incident. Officers arrested Perez after he allegedly exhibited a butcher knife in a threatening manner. Court documents also accuse him of resisting arrest by failing to comply with the officer’s orders. Perez is charged with unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. His bond was set at $15,000 dollars, cash-only.
A Monroe City driver faces charges after an accident on a Marion County road, early Wednesday morning. It occurred at around 12:45am, just north of Monroe City. The patrol says 26 year old Patrick Enochs, of Monroe City, was the driver of a UTV, which ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. A passenger, 42 year old James Sullivan, of Monroe City, was treated for minor injuries. Enochs is accused of leaving the scene of the accident and driving while his license is suspended.
COLUMBIA AGENCIES TAKE PART IN ACTIVE-SHOOTER SIMULATION
Multiple Columbia area law enforcement agencies took part in an active shooter event simulation, Wednesday evening at Stephens College. The Columbia Police and Fire Departments and University of Missouri Ambulance Service all took part in the simulation, which gave officials the opportunity to evaluate the local agencies’ ability to respond and coordinate their efforts in an active-shooter situation.
A Chillicothe driver was injured in a Tuesday morning collision on Highway 36 at the Meadville Junction. 55 year old Lorrinda Suddith, of Chillicothe, was treated for minor injuries at Hedrick Medical Center, after the accident…which occurred just before 8:30am. The patrol says a southbound pickup, driven by 27 year old Derick Dennis, of Humphreys, pulled into the intersection and into the path of Suddith’s eastbound vehicle.
A Marshall woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Tuesday afternoon collision on Highway 65 in Saline County. 74 year old Dorothy Carroll, of Marshall, was taken to Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, after the accident. It occurred at around 12:30pm. The patrol says her northbound car struck the rear of a northbound pickup, which had slowed to turn off the highway. That driver, 54 year old Milton Wright, of Marshall, was not injured.
The Highway Patrol continues to investigate a fatal accident, which occurred last Thursday morning in Monroe County. Investigators say a pickup slid off Highway 151 in icy conditions and overturned several times, coming to rest in a farm field. The patrol has not yet been able to confirm who was the driver of the vehicle. 31 year old Heath McCall of Holliday died from injuries sustained in the accident. Four other occupants of the vehicle were seriously injured…23 year old Mikaela Spires of Moberly, 27 year old Cory Putnam of Holliday, 20 year old Chandler Mudd, of Monroe City and 21 year old Jordan Kellogg, of Middletown.
MACC COLLEGE, CAREER AND HEALTH FAIR MARCH 14
Moberly Area Community College will hold its annual spring College, Career and Health fair in a couple of weeks….Wednesday, March 14, at MACC in Columbia’s Parkade Center. Exhibitors will include area employers and colleges, as well as health representatives and information from MACC’s Allied Health students and area health care providers. The MACC Spring College, Career and Health Fair will be held from 11am to 3pm on the 14th, at the MACC Higher Learning Center in Columbia, at the Parkade Center.
A Daviess County man was killed in a farm tractor accident on private property north of Pattonsburg, Monday morning. According to the Highway Patrol report, 64 year old Morgan Victor, of McFall, was loading a hay bale at around 10:30am, when the excessive weight caused his tractor to tip and roll down an embankment, pinning him underneath. Victor was pronounced dead at the scene.
From KTVO.com – The Macon R-1 School District is assessing its security plans after threats made by a student last week. Macon School Superintendent Scott Jarvis sent an alert to parents, notifying them of a high school student making serious threats, resulting in the student being taken into custody by law enforcement. There were no weapons found on the student, but the incident has caused administrators to assess campus security, including reviewing the option of adding an additional school resource officer.
Daviess County authorities took a juvenile student into custody Monday morning, after being informed of an alleged planned act of violence at the North Daviess R-3 School. The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office says they received a phone call regarding the alleged threat at around 7:20am Monday. The juvenile was quickly taken into custody for questioning. No further details have been released at this time.
A special panel of Missouri House members was formed Monday to investigate the felony invasion-of-privacy charges against Governor Eric Greitens. House Speaker Todd Richardson says the panel will include five Republicans and two Democrats, led by Jefferson City attorney and Republican Representative Jay Barnes. Barnes pledges a fair, thorough and timely investigation, without any pre-ordained results.
TWO ARRESTED AFTER BOONVILLE POLICE SEIZE MARIJUANA
Two Boonville residents are in custody after Boonville Police say they seized 240 marijuana plans and about 30 pounds of processed marijuana from two neighboring homes. Search warrants were served at the two homes, in the 500 block of West Street in Boonville, Saturday. Officers say they also seized brownies and candies made with marijuana, along with equipment used to grow, process and package the drug. 55 year old Robert Adam Morrison and 60 year old Deborah Helen Hombs were arrested and charged with five felonies and two misdemeanors.
A northeast Missouri man died in a hunting accident over the weekend. The Highway Patrol says the victim, 27 year old Justin Tobias, of Palmyra, was snow goose hunting Saturday afternoon, when he suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, near Palmyra. Tobias was treated on the scene by medical personnel, than taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead just after 4pm Saturday. The incident is being investigated by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri Department of Conservation. Authorities say it is believed to be an accidental shooting.
A Knox County teenager was reported missing, over the weekend. Authorities say 16 year old Stephanie Love, of Novelty, was reported missing Saturday night. The mother of the missing teen told KTVO news the Knox County Sheriff’s Office is also looking for 20 year old Emily Nicole Yeary, also know as R.J. Blake, in connection with the teen’s disappearance. Yeary is described a white female, 5-2 and about 180 pounds, with green eyes and short dark hair. Authorities say they believe she is in the Kirksville area, but may be traveling to South Dakota, Indiana or Illinois. Anyone with information on either girls’ whereabouts is urged to contact authorities.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Laclede teenager Friday, in connection with an alleged threat against the school, which occurred on Friday, February 16. According to court documents, 18 year old Jeffrey Woodward, of Laclede, was arrested after multiple students reported that the suspect made comments about shooting up or bombing the school. Woodward is charged with two misdemeanor counts of making a terroristic threat. His bond has been set at $20,000 dollars. The incident is not thought to be related to a previous threat made by a student, earlier this month.
RANDOLPH COUNTY MAN ARRESTED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT
A Randolph County man has been arrested after a search warrant at his home led to drug charges. According to a Facebook post by the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, deputies and the North Missouri Drug Task Force executed the search warrant in Clifton Hill Friday. 59 year old George Fotovich, of Clifton Hill, was arrested after the search allegedly turned up a pound of marijuana and other incriminating items. Deputies say he is also charged in connection with allegations of rape by a 15 year old victim. He is being held in the Randolph County Jail on $75,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A 13 year old Columbia student was arrested over the weekend after police say he posted content on social media that ws threatening toward the Columbia School District. The teen was taken into custody Saturday for misdemeanor peace disturbance. The Boone County Juvenile office will handle disposition of the case. The investigation occurred after numerous reports of the alleged threatening content by students and parents of the district on Friday.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was formally indicted Thursday on a felony charge of invasion of privacy. The charges stem from a March 2015 incident. The indictment alleges that Greitens knowingly photographed a victim in a state of full or partial nudity without her knowledge or consent. Governor Greitens has admitted having an affair in 2015, but he and his attorney have categorically denied that any crime was committed. Several Missouri lawmakers have responded to the indictment with calls for Greitens to resign, regardless of his guilt or innocence. The Governor is scheduled for a court date in St. Louis next month.
A Brookfield man is charged with child molestation involving a 14 year old girl. Court documents allege the incident occurred Monday at a residence in Brookfield. The suspect, 25 year old Robert E. Jones III, of Brookfield, is accused of sexually assaulting the victim, after he was hired to do yard work at the home. He is charged with felony counts of statutory sodomy and child molestation. Jones is being held in the Macon County Jail on $100,000 dollars bond.
A Macon woman was injured when her vehicle ran off an icy Highway 63, north of the Clark Junction in Randolph County, Thursday morning. 54 year old Linda Wilson, of Macon, was treated and released at Boone Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 7am. The patrol says her southbound vehicle ran off the roadway, struck a delineator post and a tree and came to rest in a ditch.
Columbia Police have arrested a man who was wanted on a charged of domestic assault and kidnapping. Dylan Pecheco, of Columbia has been taken into custody and his bond is set at $7,500 dollars. He was wanted after a February 4 incident in the 4600 block of South Hampton Court. Pecheco is accused of pinning a woman to the couch and attempting to strangle her during a domestic dispute.
The Highway Patrol has released the name of the 9 year old girl, who was struck and killed by a train in Marceline Monday night. 9 year old Katawna Clay, a third-grader at Walt Disney Elementary School, died in the accident, which occurred at around 7:30pm. Investigators say the girl was walking her dog across the tracks near Lake Street when she was struck. The Marceline School District had counselors on-hand Tuesday for teachers and students. Although the investigation is continuing, the patrol says there is no reason to believe it was anything but a tragic accident.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Linneus teenager this week, after he allegedly made a threat against Meadville High School, where he is a student. 17 year old Keith D. Herring was arrested in the case. The Sheriff’s Department investigated after being notified of the teen’s threatening comments last Friday. Investigators say Herring said the comments were meant as a joke, but authorities say there is no longer a tolerance for these types of jokes. Herring faces a misdemeanor charge of making a terrorist threat. His bond is set at $20,000 dollars.
A suspect is in custody after he allegedly stole a Grundy County Ambulance, which was parked outside of Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton Tuesday. Police say the incident occurred at around 12:30pm. They say the male suspect had been seeking medical treatment at the hospital, then walked out of the emergency room, entered the ambulance and drove away. Grundy County Sheriff’s Deputies recovered the ambulance in a remote location in southeastern Grundy County. The male suspect was taken into custody without incident and was held overnight, pending formal charges. His identity has not been released.
Icy conditions played a part in several accidents around the area Tuesday. A Bethany woman was taken to KU Medical Center with serious injuries after her vehicle slid off Highway 136, just west of Bethany, at around 8:40am. The patrol says a vehicle driven by 26 year old Kayla Ramey of Bethany slid off the highway, struck a mailbox and an embankment, and overturned into a fence.
A Trenton driver was treated for moderate injuries when her vehicle ran off Harrison County Route H, Tuesday morning. 50 year old Lori Croley, of Trenton, was treated at Harrison County Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 7:40am. The patrol says she suffered moderate injuries when her westbound vehicle ran off the roadway and overturned, coming to rest on its wheels.
A Marshall teenager was treated for moderate injuries after his car collided with a pickup on Route 240 in Saline County. 18 year old Logan Johnson, of Marshall, was treated at University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his westbound car slid into the path of an oncoming pickup, driven by a Slater man, who was not injured.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has issued an endangered person advisory for a 13 year old Monroe City girl. Troopers say they are looking for Caitlyn Carey, who is described as a white female, 5-4 and 155 pounds, with brown and blonde hair, brown eyes, a fair complexion and a small mole on her left cheek. She was last seen getting into a car with an unknown male Monday night. Anyone with information on the missing teen, or the unidentified man, is urged to contact Monroe City Police or the Highway Patrol.
Significant icing is expected today across much of northwest Missouri. An Ice Storm Warning has been issued for a portion of the I-35 corridor, from the Kansas City Metro area, north to the Highway 36 corridor, including Caldwell, Clinton, Davies, Ray and DeKalb counties, until 6pm. The National Weather Service says ice accumulations up to a quarter of an inch or more are possible in that area, which could cause tree and power line damage, in addition to extremely hazardous travel conditions. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the rest of northwest Missouri, including Putnam, Sullivan, Grundy and Livingston Counties, and locations to the west, through the St. Joseph area and into northeastern Kansas. Lesser ice accumulations, but still significant icing on roadways, is expected in those locations, with significant travel concerns across all of northwest Missouri.
For the remainder of north central and northeast Missouri, light icing is possible as temperatures drop today and scattered rain showers mix with and then change to freezing rain. The lighter accumulations will limit the widespread nature of the threat, but motorists are encouraged to be prepared for at least some slick travel later today in north central and northeast Missouri. Once again, significant hazardous travel is developing to our west. The system will push out of the area and the precipitation chances will diminish by this evening into the overnight hours.
An 8 year old Marceline girl was struck and killed by a freight train in Marceline Monday night. The Highway Patrol says the girl was struck and killed on the railroad tracks in Marceline just before 7:30pm. The circumstances are still under investigation by the Highway Patrol, Marceline Police and the Linn County Coroner’s office. The girl’s identity has not yet been released by authorities.
NORTH MO RESTAURANT MANAGERS SENTENCED FOR TAX FRAUD
A pair of north Missouri restaurant managers avoided jail time, after their sentencing in a federal income tax fraud case. 39 year old Rafael Ramirez, of Kirksville, the manager of La Pachanga Restaurant and 34 year old Oscar Fernando Flores, of Moberly, manager of Santa Fe Restaurant in Moberly, were both sentenced to four years probation last week. Ramirez was also ordered to pay nearly $31,000 dollars in restitution, plus a $2,000 dollar fine. Flores was ordered to pay nearly $9,000 dollars in restitution and fines. Both men pleaded guilty in September to multiple charges in the case, including a count of conspiracy and multiple counts of filing false income tax returns. Prosecutors alleged the restaurants did not report a large portion of their cash sales to the IRS.
A chain-reaction collision involving a semi and three other vehicles, north of Kirksville Monday afternoon, caused only two minor injuries. It occurred at around 1:15pm. According to the Highway Patrol, a northbound tractor-trailer, driven by 32 year old Joseph Moriarty, of Glenwood, struck a vehicle, which was stopped in traffic on Highway 63, about five miles north of Kirksville. The impact caused a chain-reaction collision with two other vehicles which were stopped. Two of those drivers, 82 year old Ruth Brown, of Lancaster and 23 year old Abby Wheeler, of Downing, were treated for minor injuries.
A report of smoke caused the brief evacuation of a Kirksville nursing home Sunday. Firefighters were called to Kirksville Manor Care at around 3pm, to a report of smoke coming from the basement of the facility. Residents began to evacuate as a precaution. The Kirksville Fire Department says the smoke came from the boiler room and was quickly controlled once crews arrived. Residents and staff were able to return to the building a short time later. No injuries were reported.
A stolen vehicle report in Saline County resulted in a pursuit by law enforcement from Carroll County into Livingston County Saturday. According to the report, a stolen utility truck was spotted by Carroll County authorities and the driver fled, resulting in a pursuit into Livingston County. The Highway Patrol assisted and deployed spike strips on Highway 36, west of Chillicothe. The suspect surrendered without incident, after striking the spike strips. 20 year old Jeremiah Joel Bailiff, of St. Louis, was taken into custody, pending charges in three counties.
Carrollton Police are investigating a shooting incident, which occurred Friday night at a Carrollton residence. According to police, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Park Street, where an individual was apparently shot twice in the abdomen. The victim was transported to Carroll County Memorial Hospital and then airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia. No further details about the ongoing investigation have been released. Anyone with information is urged to contact Carrollton Police.
Two Kirksville residents were injured when their vehicle ran off Sullivan County Route E, just west of Milan, Saturday afternoon. 24 year old Jordan Mukanza, of Kirksville, was the driver of the westbound vehicle, which ran off the highway and struck a road sign and a fence at around 12:30pm. Two passengers in the vehicle, 32 year old Gisele Ndiang Asuza and 15 year old Noel Nputu, both of Kirksville, were both treated for minor injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital.
A Moberly man was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 24, just west of Madison, on Friday. The accident occurred at around 10:40am. The patrol says an eastbound car, driven by 59 year old Gillis Leonard, of Moberly, ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. Leonard was treated for moderate injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
Columbia Police are investigating a fatal hit-and-run crash, which occurred Saturday morning on westbound I-70. Police say the victim, 35 year old Jerry Martin, of Florissant, MO, was walking on the roadway when he was struck. The vehicle, believed to be a silver passenger car, left the scene. Anyone with information is urged to call Columbia Police or the Boone County tips line.
A Centralia High School student face possible charges, as the investigation continues into a gun and ammunition found in the student’s backpack on Friday. Administrators were notified of the possible threat after the items were reported by other students Friday morning. Centralia Police took the student into custody at the scene and have indicated that the handgun was apparently stolen from a residence in Audrain County. The investigation is ongoing.
KIRKSVILLE TEEN DEAD AFTER FALLING FROM HANNIBAL BLUFF
A Kirksville teenager died Thursday, after apparently falling from a popular bluff in Hannibal. Hannibal Police were called Thursday afternoon to Lover’s Leap, which overlooks the city and the Mississippi River in Hannibal, to a report of a suicidal person. Officers found 17 year old Lexie Myers of Kirksville, who had fallen from the bluff and was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday. The investigation continues.
Carrollton Police have released information on a search warrant, which was served Wednesday at a Carrollton home. That search resulted in five arrests and three individuals with formal drug charges. 28 year old Mark Lee Smith, Jr and 34 year old Brandon Ray Adkins, both of Carrollton and 23 year old Tye Nicole Wells, of Chillicothe, are all charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond for all three suspects has been set at $15,000 dollars.
Two Moberly juveniles, who were reported missing overnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning, were found safe at a Moberly Convenience Store on Thursday, after a search, which involved several local law enforcement agencies. Investigators say one male and one female were reported missing shortly after midnight Thursday morning. Moberly Police, the Highway Patrol K-9 Unit and a bloodhound from the Department of Corrections were all involved in the search, along with the Patrol’s helicopter and other local first-responders. A Moberly Police officer located the juveniles at a Moberly Convenience Store. They’ve been turned over to juvenile authorities.
Columbia Police have confirmed that one person is dead after being struck by a semi on Eastbound I-70, early this (Fri) morning. Police were called the scene at around 1am. They have not released the identity of the victim, and no further details have been released. The investigation is ongoing.
Five Chillicothe juveniles are in trouble after Chillicothe Police investigated reports of vandalism at the Chillicothe Walmart, over the weekend. Police were called to the store Sunday evening. Five juveniles were identified as suspects in the case, which involved the destruction of a restroom toilet using fireworks. Officers are working with the 43rd Judicial Circuit to complete the investigation.
A Chillicothe woman was treated for injuries after a Tuesday morning collision at the intersection of southbound Highway 65 and westbound Business 36 in Chillicothe. According to the police report, both drivers claimed to have had a green light at the intersection, when their vehicles collided. One of those drivers, Jessica Trussell, of Chillicothe, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center for treatment.
THREE CHARGED AFTER SEARCH WARRANT AT BRUNSWICK HOME
A search warrant served at a Brunswick residence last week resulted in drug charges against three Chariton County suspects. Officers say the search turned up meth and drug paraphernalia. 43 year old John January, Jr. of Keytesville, 42 year old Tammy Michelle Marshall of Brunswick and 42 year old Melissa Kistler, of Brunswick each face two felony counts of a controlled substance.
A Carrollton man, who was accused of statutory rape and sodomy involving a victim under the age of 17 will avoid jail time, after pleading guilty to a lesser charge. Court records indicate 33 year old Theodore Ryan Draeger, of Carrollton, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of endangering the welfare of a child, involving sexual contact. A plea agreement in the case resulted in a suspended sentence with five years supervised probation.
A Columbia man has been charged in connection with a deadly accident, which occurred in November on I-70 Drive southeast in Columbia. Court documents identify William Lauer as the driver of a truck, which crashed into a bridge support. He allegedly left the scene, but two passengers were injured and one of those, Cathy Watson, later died from her injuries. Investigators say Lauer had an outstanding warrant for his arrest at the time of the accident, which is why he left the scene. He is charged with involuntary manslaughters and is being held in the Boone County Jail on $100,000 dollars bond.
A new trial date has been set in the federal case against James D. Lolli, former president of Lolli Livestock Market and former Macon Police Chief Scott Ziebarth, both of Macon. Lolli and Ziebarth are charged with conspiracy, smuggling goods from the United States, wildlife trafficking and money laundering/aiding and abetting. According to the federal indictment, the charges stem from allegations of their involvement in the illegal trade and transport of rhinocerous horns, through the livestock market, between April of 2009 and December of 2011. A jury trial, in the case, has been scheduled for May 15 of this year in Santa Ana, California.
MOBERLY POLICE ADVISE RESIDENTS TO MONITOR TRANSACTIONS
Moberly Police are advising residents to keep a close eye on your credit and debit card accounts, after numerous recent reports of fraudulent transactions to area banks. Investigators say there is evidence that credit card numbers have been obtained and are being used around the state of Missouri. They say many of the fraudulent transactions occurred from late December thru late January. The investigation is in its preliminary stages and will take some time. Anyone with information is urged to contact their local law enforcement agency or the Randolph County Tips Line. All citizens are advised to closely monitor their debit and credit transaction records, as the investigation continues.
TWO ARRESTS IN CONNECTION WITH CHILLICOTHE HIT AND RUN
Chillicothe Police have identified two suspects, in connection with a hit and run accident, which seriously injured a pedestrian on December 28. Investigators used surveillance video to help identify the vehicle involved. On Monday, they received information about a possible suspect. An alleged passenger in the vehicle, 19 year old Levi Terrell, was arrested on an unrelated warrant, after a pursuit in Livingston and Grundy Counties. Officers say information received led to the arrest of the accused driver, 19 year old Jordan Daniel Wells, of Chillicothe. The investigation is ongoing.
Three Kirksville residents were injured when a vehicle struck a deer in the roadway on Highway 6, just west of Kirksville, Tuesday evening. It occurred at around 6:45pm. 39 year old Flavic Massamba, of Kirksville, was the driver of the eastbound vehicle. Three passengers were injured, including 26 year old Gloire Kole, 24 year old Tony Bakomba and 19 year old Benny Kadima. They were treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.
A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 63 in Osage County, Tuesday morning. 24 year old Blake Reno, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 6:45am. The patrol says Reno’s northbound vehicle ran off the roadway and struck a fence and a utility pole, then overturned.
Randolph County authorities have filed multiple charges against a Moberly man, in connection with allegations involving a six-year-old girl. Officers were called to a residence Sunday, where the boyfriend of the child’s mother, 19 year old Blake Andrew Varner, of Moberly, was accused of inappropriately touching the six-year-old. After investigation, Varner was charged with two counts of child molestation and two counts of statutory sodomy. He is being held in the Randolph County Justice Center, on $75,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Shelbina driver was treated for moderate injuries after a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early Monday morning on an Audrain County road. 35 year old Corey Peacock, of Shelbina, was taken to University Hospital in Columbia after the accident, which occurred at around 4:45am. The patrol says he failed to stop at a stop sign and his southbound vehicle ran through an intersection, struck a raised railroad crossing grade and ran off the roadway.
A Milan man was treated for minor injuries after a one-vehicle accident on Sullivan County Route K, which occurred Monday afternoon at around 2:30pm. 19 year old Odalis Bahena Pineda, of Milan, was the driver of a southbound pickup, which ran off the highway, struck a fence and ran into a ditch. Her passenger, 41 year old Carlos Caceres Medina, of Milan, was treated for minor injuries at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital.
The State Fire Marshal’s office is investigating after two children died in a Sunday night house fire in Chamois, in Osage County. The Osage County Sheriff’s Department says firefighters were called to the scene at around 10:15pm Sunday. When they arrived, it was fully engulfed and they were not able to get inside. Officials say the family included four children, two of those kids were unable to escape the blaze. Authorities say the cause is under investigation but it does not appear to be suspicious.
A boil order, for downtown Moberly residents, which was issued after a water leak Saturday, has been lifted. Officials say bacteria-sampling tests came back negative Sunday, allowing the advisory to be lifted earlier than originally expected.
A Saturday evening accident on Highway 54, north of Auxvasse in Callaway County, killed a man and woman from Mexico, and seriously injured a Vandalia resident. It occurred at around 6pm Saturday. The patrol says an eastbound vehicle driven by 28 year old David Fletcher, of Mexico, ran off the roadway, struck a concrete culvert and overturned. Fletcher was taken to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. One passenger, 36 year old Amanda Goff, of Mexico, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another passenger, 37 year old Michael Fitch, of Vandalia, was taken to University Hospital with serious injuries.
MINOR INJURIES FOR MOBERLY DRIVER IN WEEKEND ‘SLIDE-OFF’
A Moberly driver was treated for minor injuries after his pickup slid off Randolph County Route A, just south of Moberly, Saturday morning. 20 year old Ross Courtland, of Moberly, was the driver of the northbound vehicle. The patrol says it slid off the highway and overturned just before 9am Saturday. Courtland was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center.
The Animal Shelter of Linn County has announced plans for a fundraising Trivia Night, to be held later this month. The event is scheduled for Friday, February 23 at the Brookfield Elks Lodge. Dinner and a social hour will begin at 6pm, with the trivia starting at 7. Teams of 5 to 10 are welcome to register, or you can come as an individual and be placed on a team. All proceeds will benefit the Linn County Animal Shelter.
The Brookfield Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its regular monthly membership meeting this week, but on a different day than usual. The Chamber will meet this Friday, instead of its normal Wednesday meeting day, as State Representative Rusty Black will be on-hand Friday to update the Chamber on a number of legislative issues. A buffet-style meal will be served at noon at the Brickhouse in Brookfield. RSVP by contacting the Chamber office by Wednesday for this Friday’s noon meeting.
MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGEDLY USING MACHETE TO STEAL CAR
Boone County deputies arrested a man, who was accused of stealing a car by threatening the owner with a machete. 35 year old Manuel Grajalez-Lopez, of Columbia, was arrested after the incident, which occurred Sunday evening in the 700 block of Demaret Drive. The victim says he his car was running to warm up, outside his home, when Lopez tried to drive off, but slid on the ice and struck a pile of debris. The suspect then allegedly pulled out a machete and threatened the victim. He was arrested at the scene.
Two teenagers were injured when a car ran off Highway 63, south of Greentop in Adair County, Thursday evening. It occurred at around 6:15pm. 19 year old Delaney Snyder, of Green Castle, was the driver of the northbound car. The patrol says she swerved to miss a dead deer in the roadway and lost control of the vehicle. It ran off the highway, struck a utility pole and overturned. Delaney was treated for minor injuries. Her passenger, 16 year old Tionja Johnson, of Kirksville, suffered moderate injuries. They were both taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.
A Bucklin woman has been added to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department’s most wanted list. 44 year old Rachel Lynn Sprague, of Bucklin, is wanted on a Livingston County warrant for possession of meth, with bond set at $15,000 dollars. Sprague is described as a white female, 5-4 and about 180 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office or your local law enforcement.
Dozens of brave souls are preparing to take a dip in cold water Saturday, as Kirksville’s annual Polar Plunge is held at Forest Lake, at Thousand Hills State Park. Registration begins at 11am and the Polar Plunge will begin at 1pm. Participants must be at least ten years old and raise at least $75 dollars prior to the event. The Polar Plunge is a project of the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Missouri Special Olympics. Spectators are welcome to watch the frigid event, tomorrow at Thousand Hills State Park.
Moberly City officials say repairs are planned Friday on a water main, which will affect service for a portion of the city. Residents in the 100 block of North Clark Street, and 100 and 200 blocks of South Sturgeon, the 100 block of North Sturgeon and the 100 block of West Burkhart could see an interruption of service today. The entire city of Moberly remains under a boil advisory, through today, due to the major water main break which occurred earlier in the week.
A Columbia man has been formally charged after his arrest this week. Enoch Peters was arrested Tuesday. A probable cause statement accuses Peters of knocking on a woman’s door, asking for sex and attempting force his way into her home. The woman was able to get her door closed and locked. A second female victim told police Peters also knocked on her door and suggested sexual contact. He is charged with second-degree sexual misconduct.
A Thursday morning collision on Boone County Route A at Old U.S. 63 sent a driver to the hospital with moderate injuries. It occurred at around 7:30am. The patrol says a northbound car, driven by 37 year old Linda Sapp, of Hartsburg, apparently failed to yield at the intersection and collided with an eastbound pickup, driven by an Ashland man. Sapp was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital.
CITY OF MOBERLY EXPERIENCING LOW WATER PRESSURE
The City of Moberly has issued an emergency boil order and water conservation statement, due to a major water line break. Officials say the break has caused the City’s water towers to drain and caused low water pressure for the entire City of Moberly. The pressure is low enough to increase the possibility of contaminates entering the system. All Moberly water customers are advised to boil water for 5 minutes before consumption. Customers are also asked to take immediate measures to conserve water, while the system is restored. Moberly water customers will experience little or no water pressure until the repairs can be completed. The city will provide further updates as soon as possible.
MARCELINE DRIVER HURT AS VEHICLE SLIDES OF HIGHWAY 36
A Marceline driver was treated for moderate injuries after her vehicle ran off an ice-covered Highway 36, Tuesday morning. 35 year old Terisa Buckner, of Marceline, was the driver of the westbound vehicle. The patrol says it slid off the highway and struck a tree, about a mile east of Brookfield at around 8:45am. Buckner was taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield for treatment of moderate injuries.
Two Kirksville residents were injured when their SUV ran off Highway 6, just east of Greencastle, just before 6am Tuesday. 38 year old Jean Sambayi, of Kirksville, was the driver of the westbound vehicle. The patrol says he lost control on the ice-covered roadway and the vehicle ran off the road and overturned, coming to rest on its top. Two passengers in the vehicle were injured. 27 year old Nadine Nanku and 22 year old Josue Muzembayi, both of Kirksville, were both treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
PEGGY MCGAUGH WINS 39TH DISTRICT SPECIAL ELECTION
Republican Peggy McGaugh is the unofficial winner of Tuesday’s special election in the race for representative of Missouri’s 39th District. McGaugh received a total of 1,942 votes to just 1,077 for Democrat Ethan Perkinson. She will fill the unexpired terms of Joe Don McGaugh, who resigned his position last fall. The 39th district covers portions of Chariton, Carroll and Ray Counties.
Chillicothe Police are warning residents of a telephone scam, which has been reported recently. The scammer has apparently been calling residents and claiming that he is with Chillicothe Municipal Utilities. He threatens to cut off services without immediate payment by check, debit or credit card. Officials say CMU does not conduct those type of collection activities by telephone, nor do they take payments over the phone. Chillicothe Police remind residents to not give out personal or banking information over the telephone.
SHOTS FIRED IN NORTH COLUMBIA NEIGHBORHOOD
Columbia Police converged on a north Columbia neighborhood after a report of shots fired Tuesday night. The incident occurred at the intersection of Pinehurst Lane and Godas Drive, where officers say they found 10 to 20 shell casings and it appears two weapons were involved. No injuries were reported and there was no damage to nearby homes or vehicles found. Investigators say they do not have a confirmed suspect as of yet, but they are working with car descriptions, as the investigation continues.
COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER ALLEGED DOMESTIC ASSAULT
A Columbia man is accused of domestic violence and property damage at a home in east Columbia. Officers were called to the home on Albany drive, Monday morning, where 28 year old Geoffrey Burris was accused of attacking the female victim and then keeping her from leaving the home. Burris is also accused of causing more than $1,000 dollars in damage to the victim’s vehicle and home. Burris was arrested at the scene for domestic assault, false imprisonment, resisting arrest and use of drug paraphernalia.
A one-vehicle accident on an ice-covered Highway 36, Monday afternoon, seriously injured a Brookfield woman. It occurred at around 4:40pm, just west of Macon. The patrol says a westbound pickup, driven by 49 year old Derek Sturguess, of Brookfield, slid off the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned, coming to rest on its top. A passenger in the vehicle, 46 year old Sherri Sturguess, of Brookfield, suffered serious injuries. She was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia. Derek Sturguess was treated for minor injuries.
A Jamesport woman was seriously injured when her car ran off Route 190, west of Chillicothe, at around 3 o’clock Monday afternoon. 49 year old Elizabeth Huffman, of Jamesport, was taken to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe after the accident. The patrol says her westbound van ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, coming to rest on its top.
Icy roadways caused a Monday afternoon collision on Highway 11 in Chariton County. It occurred at around 3:50pm. The patrol says a southbound pickup, driven by 88 year old Robert Bolzendahl, of Triplett, slid into the path of a northbound van, driven by 33 year old Jessica Foster, of Marceline. Foster sustained moderate injuries. Her 5 year old passenger was treated for minor injuries. Bolzendahl was also treated for minor injuries. All three were taken to Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.
LANCASTER MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN FOR CHILD MOLESTATION
Law enforcement officers say a Lancaster man called 9-1-1 to turn himself in for an incident of child molestation. 28 year old Darren Logsdon, of Lancaster is charged with one count stemming from an incident at his residence. According to court documents, a Schuyler County dispatcher got a call from Logsdon in the early-morning hours of January 20, wanting to turn himself in for pedophilia. Logsdon is accused of inappropriately touching a 13 year old female victim. He is being held on $25,000 cash-only bond, pending a court hearing on February 28.
Columbia Police are investigating a home invasion in the 3600 block of Hermitage Road, which occurred Monday morning, just before 7:30am. Officers say a suspect forced entry into the home, showed a weapon to one of three people inside, and searched the home before fleeing the scene. There were no reported injuries and the amount of property taken has not been released. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Moberly woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon accident on Highway 63, just north of the Clark junction. It occurred just after 1:30pm. 40 year old Jessica Buck, of Moberly, was the driver of the northbound vehicle. The patrol says she was stopped on the shoulder of the highway when another vehicle slid into the rear of her car. A passenger, 20 year old Mataya Farnsworth, of Moberly, was taken to Moberly Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.
A Linneus woman was treated for moderate injuries after a Friday afternoon accident on Highway 36, just west of Brookfield. It occurred at around 1:20pm. 60 year old Janette Orr, of Linneus, was the driver of the eastbound car. The patrol says it ran off the highway and struck a guardrail. Orr was treated for moderate injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.
No one was injured when a driver crashed his vehicle into a Kirksville home, over the weekend. Kirksville Police say the accident occurred Friday night at the intersection of Shepherd Avenue and First Street in Kirksville. Officers say a medical condition caused the driver to black out and his truck crashed into the home, causing damage to the siding of the house. No one was home at the time of the accident. The driver was taken to a local doctor for treatment.
JUVENILE VICTIM ASSAULTED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY INCIDENT
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the assault of a juvenile victim, as part of an alleged murder plot. Deputies were called to Hedrick Medical Center Friday night, where the juvenile victim was being treated. Investigators say the victim agreed to walk to a remote location in rural Livingston County, with two juvenile suspects. A series of events included the victim being tied up, beaten and threatened. The victim was released after allegedly agreeing to kill another person for the suspects. Two juvenile suspects were detained at the crime scene and no other victims were involved. The incident remains under investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department.
MULTIPLE ACCIDENTS IN COLUMBIA AREA CAUSED BY SLICK ROADS
Slick roadways caused a number of accidents in the area Sunday.
Two cars collided on Highway 63 in Boone County and, troopers say, while those two drivers were assessing their damage another vehicle slid off the road and struck their vehicles. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
More than six vehicles were involved in a pile-up at the intersection of Old Route 63 and Broadway in Columbia. Police say the slick roadways caused the chain-reaction collision. No significant injuries were reported. A number of other minor accidents were reported around the area during Sunday’s snowfall.
Columbia Police are seeking a suspect who allegedly snatched a woman’s purse in the McDonald’s Parking Lot on Clark Lane Saturday evening. Officers were called to the scene just after 6pm, where the victim says the suspect grabbed her purse and ran from the scene. Officers searched the area with a K-9 unit but the suspect was not found. The incident remains under investigation.
A 911 call made Thursday morning concerning Ray Miller Elementary School in Kirksville was determined to be a prank. School officials say a Ray Miller student apparently used his parent’s cell phone to call 911 several times, claiming that there was an emergency situation at the Kirksville Primary School. Police were able to quickly determine that the calls were a hoax. The student who made the calls was detained when he arrived at the school.
A traffic crash shut down the westbound lanes of Highway 36, just west of Brookfield, Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred near the railroad overpass on 36, at around 4pm. The highway patrol has not released the accident report and no injury information is available. It took crews a couple of hours to clear the scene and return traffic to normal.
A rural Macon County home was destroyed by fire Thursday morning, but no one was injured. Elmer firefighters were called to the home of Douglas and Melissa Cuppy, about four miles southeast of Elmer, just before 8am. Firefighters say the home was fully involved when they arrived. Callao Town and Country Fire department was called in to help battle the blaze. No injuries were reported. The home was a total loss.
A Higbee man is wanted on four felony charges, including domestic assault with serious physical injury, after an alleged stabbing incident this week. 38 year old Shawn Skaggs, of Higbee, is the suspect in the case. A probable cause statement accuses Skaggs of threatening two victims in his home with a knife and stabbing one of the victims. Investigators were called to an area hospital to interview the victims.
TWO INCIDENTS AT BATTLE HIGH SCHOOL RESULT IN ARRESTS
Two separate incidents at Columbia Battle High School on Wednesday resulted in charges against one student and the mother of another student.
Administrators say the student struck an administrator who was searching him, as the administrator was pulling a baggie of marijuana from the student’s pants pocket. The student then ran from the office, struck another school official with a door and fought with a third administrator while attempting to flee. The student faces charges of assault and drug possession.
In a separate incident, police say the mother of another student, Amanda Christine Dubuque, engaged in a fight with juvenile students at the school entrance. Dubuque is accused of encouraging the disturbance, which her daughter was involved in. She faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child.
A Kirksville teenager is charged with first-degree rape or attempted rape, after his arrest on Tuesday. According to court records, 18 year old David Allen Woods, of Kirksville, has been charged in an indictment by an Adair County Grand Jury. Court documents accuse Woods of having sex with a victim who was incapable of consent, due to a lack of mental capacity. He is being held in the Adair County Jail on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.
A Brookfield woman has been charged this week, after being accused of taking prescription medications from a residence in Purdin. 46 year old Tricia Kauzlarich, of Brookfield, was charged Tuesday, in Linn County Circuit Court, with six counts of stealing a controlled substance. A probable cause statement says the defendant was caught on home video surveillance taking medication from pill bottles belonging to the victims. Her bond was set at $25,000 dollars.
A Moberly woman is accused of distributing a controlled substance, after an investigation by the Central Missouri Drug Task Force. 28 year old Andrea Keefer was charged with three counts on Wednesday. Investigators say the task force used three informants to purchase meth from the suspect, including one transaction, which occurred near the Moberly Head Start Daycare and Preschool. Keefer is being held on $50,000 dollars cash-only bond, pending a court appearance next week.
A Mexico man is headed to prison, after pleading guilty Wednesday to 12 felony counts, including forcible sodomy, statutory sodomy, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. 34 year old Travis Kelly, of Mexico entered the guilty plea just before a 3-day jury trial was to begin, in connection with allegations of abuse involving a 9-year-old girl, which occurred in 2014 and 2015. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in the Missouri Department of Corrections.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT: Newtown-Harris schools will be closed again today (Wed) due to illness
An Atlanta driver was life-flighted to Columbia with serious injuries after an early-morning accident on Highway 63, north of Macon. It occurred this (Wed) morning at around 4:23am. 31 year old Daniel Hager, of Atlanta, was flown by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says he suffered serious injuries when his northbound SUV ran off the highway and overturned.
The Highway Patrol says formal drug charges are pending against a Laclede woman, after her arrest during a traffic stop in Caldwell County Tuesday afternoon. The patrol says 36 year old Sarah Washam, of Laclede, was stopped for speeding and is also accused of operating a vehicle without a valid license. Troopers at the scene say Washam was in felony possession of a controlled substance. She was held overnight in the Caldwell County Detention Center, on a 24-hour hold.
A Moberly man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, in connection with a fatal accident, which occurred in June of last year. 37 year old Danny Bowen faces one count of involuntary manslaughter and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Bowen was a passenger in the car. Investigators accuse him of arguing with the driver of the vehicle, Nicole Ashbaker, hitting her repeatedly and grabbing the steering wheel, causing the crash. Ashbaker died when she was ejected from the vehicle. Her four children were passengers in the vehicle and were all treated for minor injuries. Bowen is scheduled for a arraignment on February 26.
A Centerville, Iowa family continues to search for a teen, who was reported missing a week ago and was last seen in north Missouri. 18 year old Sebastian Husted was last seen on January 22 at a hog confinement facility in Mercer County, MO. He was reported missing on January 25. Centerville Police say Husted is 5-11 and about 200 pounds. Since he was last seen in Mercer County, the case will likely be passed on to the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information on Husted’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office or Centerville Police.
Three Columbia teenagers have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery in central Columbia, which occurred Monday. 17 year old Cornell Fisher, 17 year old Joshua McTye and a 16 year old juvenile were all arrested on suspicion of robbery, armed criminal action and assault. The male victim says he was in his car on Sixth Street near Wilkes Boulevard when the teens approached from both sides, pointed multiple weapons and demanded property. Police say one of the teens fired a weapon at the victim as they fled the scene.
SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT: Newtown Harris schools will be closed Tuesday, due to illness…all evening activities will be rescheduled.
KIRKSVILLE TEEN CHARGED IN DEATH OF 9-MONTH-OLD CHILD
A Kirksville teenager has been charged with abuse or neglect of a child, resulting in the death of her 9-month-old child in November. 19 year old Stephanie Cox, of Kirksville is charged in the case. Kirksville Police say an autopsy report indicates the baby’s cause of death was determined to be blunt force injuries to the head, consistent with shaken baby syndrome and abusive head trauma. After a two-month investigation, Cox was arrested and charged. Her bond is set at $100,000 dollars.
A Salisbury teenager was treated for moderate injuries after a Sunday afternoon collision on Highway 5, just south of Salisbury. 17 year old Garrett Green, of Salisbury, was taken to University Medical Center after the accident, which occurred just after 1pm. The patrol says Green’s southbound pickup crossed the centerline at a hillcrest and collided with an oncoming car, driven by 44 year old Vida Jane Dewolfe, of Glasgow. Dewolfe was not injured.
The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department has released more details on a Sunday evening traffic stop, which resulted in the arrest of four suspects. Deputies stopped a vehicle, which matched the description of a truck used in a recent theft in Randolph County, at the intersection of Routes C and Z, north of Huntsville. They say a large portable generator in the bed of the truck was believed to have been stolen in that theft. Deputies say the four occupants of the truck refused to get out of the vehicle and an assault rifle and two handguns were seen inside. Assistance from Moberly Police and the Highway Patrol was requested and, when additional officers arrived, the men were taken into custody without incident. Deputies say the owner of the generator positively identified it as stolen. All four men face charges of resisting arrest and the driver could be charged with receiving stolen property. Their names have not been released, pending formal charges.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens was in Macon Monday, as part of a tour of the state, during which he is outlining his tax reform proposal. Greitens calls his plan the ‘boldest state tax reform in America’. It is highlighted by a proposed reduction in the state’s top individual income tax rate from 5.9 percent to 5.3 percent and would also create a refundable state tax credit for low-income workers. Greitens say that credit would essentially eliminate income taxes for 380,000 Missourians. The plan would also cut Missouri’s corporate tax rate from 6.25 to 4.25 percent. Greitens says the plan would be revenue-neutral by eliminating incentives for businesses to pay sales taxes quickly and also paring back the state’s income tax deduction on federal tax payments.
Centralia Police say a suspect who was wanted on multiple warrants, is accused of using a child to shield him in a confrontation with the arresting officers. Derrick Petty was arrested Sunday after officers determined that he was wanted on multiple Boone County warrants. They say Petty was found hiding under clothes in a bedroom closet. He is accused of grabbing a child and using him as a shield, while demanding that officers shoot and kill him. One officer was treated for an eye injury after the arrest. Petty faces possible additional charges of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a child.
The City of Marceline has scheduled a planned water service interruption, for a portion of the city, on Monday. Crews will replace a leaking water valve and fire hydrant, which will cause water service to be shut off in the 200 thru 500 blocks of East Truman, the 200 blocks of East Crocker and East Chicago and the 500 thru 800 blocks of Missouri Avenue. Officials ask customers not in those areas, who experience loss of water to report it to the Marceline City Hall. A boil advisory may be required after the repair is complete.
Four people are in custody after a traffic stop, which occurred Sunday evening, north of Huntsville on Route C. Deputies stopped a possible suspect vehicle that had been used in a Randolph County burglary last week. The deputy says there were four occupants in the vehicle and he noticed a firearm in the front seat. The driver and occupants refused to get out of the vehicle, so additional assistance was requested, from Moberly Police and the Highway Patrol. Four suspects were peacefully detained and are being questioned.
Charges are pending against a driver involved in a Saturday morning accident on Highway 63 near Moberly Regional Medical Center. Police say a 20 year old male driver was southbound, when his car collided with a guardrail and came to rest in the southbound lane. The subject then left the scene. Another southbound vehicle, driven by a 42 year old male, collided with the car and the driver was treated for minor injuries. The 20 year old driver was later identified and arrested. Charges are pending.
Columbia authorities are investigating an arson case involving a car fire at Ashland Auto Sales, on Business Loop 70. Columbia firefighters were called to the scene at around 3:15am Saturday. They say a vehicle on the dealer’s lot was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Investigators say the fire was intentionally set. The incident remains under investigation.
An Ohio man is in custody after a traffic stop on I-70 in Cooper County led to the seizure of more than 100 pounds of marijuana, Friday afternoon. 22 year old Nicholas Anderson, of Cincinatti, Ohio, was arrested at the scene and is being held in the Cooper County Jail, pending formal charges for drug trafficking. Troopers say numerous packages of marijuana were found in the back of the suspect’s vehicle.
NOTE SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENT: Breckenridge School closed Friday due to illness.
A Nebraska man was treated for moderate injuries, after his tractor-trailer overturned and blocked both eastbound lanes of Highway 36, west of Hannibal, Thursday evening. It occurred just after 7pm. The patrol says 55 year old Richard Fuerhoff, of Plainview, Nebraska, was the driver of the eastbound semi, which ran off the left side of the highway and overturned and came to rest blocking both eastbound lanes of 36. Fuerhoff was treated for moderate injuries at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
TWO FACE LINN COUNTY DRUG DISTRIBUTION CHARGES
Two Linn County residents face drug charges after an undercover operation by local law enforcement, last month. A probable cause statement says a confidential informant purchased meth in December at a home in the 400 block of East Clark Street. That informant identified a second suspect, who allegedly provided the meth. 24 year old Robyn Gentry, of Brookfield and 37 year old Gregg Jackman, of Marceline, are both now charged with distribution of a controlled substance. Gentry is being held on $100,000 dollars bond. Jackman is still at large and is wanted on a felony warrant. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact local law enforcement.
The public is welcome to a Legislative Forum in Chillicothe this (Fri) afternoon. State Senator Denny Hoskins and Representative Rusty Black will be on-hand to discuss a variety of legislative issues, at the Chillicothe Cultural Corner’s Art Guild and Gallery. The forum will begin at 3pm.
Governor Eric Greitens will be in Macon on Monday. The Governor will appear at Economy Products Company, at 202 Pine Crest Drive in Macon, with an appearance from 10 to 11am Monday morning.
A car, traveling at high speed, ran off Highway 63 in Columbia Thursday and ended up in Gans Creek. The Highway Patrol reports that the car was southbound on Highway 63 when it sailed off the roadway and across a divider, crossed Ponderosa Street, over a rocky embankment and landed on the far side of Gans Creek. The driver and two passengers, who were all described as elderly, were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill will be in Columbia Friday and is scheduled to appear at two events on the University of Missouri campus. The Senator will speak with Columbia Chamber of Commerce members, at 11:30am at the Reynolds Alumni Center on the Mizzou Campus. The senator will also take part in a student forum at Mizzou, which is scheduled to begin at 3pm at Wrench Auditorium.
The Keytesville R-3 School District has announced that its preschool will be closed Thursday and Friday, due to a widespread sickness. Officials say the preschool staff will use the closure to clean and disinfect the facility. Keytesville preschool will reopen on Monday.
Howard County Prosecutors have dropped an involuntary manslaughter charge against a former manager at the Fayette Dairy Queen, who is accused of bullying a Glasgow teenager who committed suicide. Harley Branham appeared in court Wednesday morning. She is accused of bullying and harassing the teen, Kenneth Suttner, of Glasgow, who worked at Dairy Queen until he committed suicide in December of 2016. A charge of involuntary manslaughter against Branham was dropped Wednesday. She still faces a felony charge of aggravated stalking, and misdemeanor counts of harassment and assault in connection with the case. She is due back in court for arraignment on March 7.
A Moberly woman was treated after her vehicle overturned on Route JJ, just west of Moberly, just after 2pm Wednesday. 33 year old Chelsey Million, of Moberly, was treated and released at Moberly Regional Medical Center after the accident. The patrol says her vehicle’s rear axle broke, causing it to overturn in the roadway.
A welcome home ceremony will be held Saturday for the Missouri National Guard’s 548th Transportation Company, headquartered in Trenton. The 548th is returning from a deployment in Kuwait. Saturday’s ceremony will be held at the Ketcham Community Center on the North Central Missouri College Campus in Trenton. It is tentatively scheduled to begin at 4pm Saturday, but officials say the time could be adjusted, depending on the flight time for the returning soldiers.
MISSOURI S&T STUDENT ACCUSED OF THREATENING SHOOTING
A student at Missouri S&T University in Rolla has been charged with making a terrorist threat, after he allegedly said he was going to open fire on campus with an assault rifle, last weekend. Alexander Beetler is charged in the case. A news release from the University says Beetler was nowhere near campus or Rolla at the time of the threats and there was no immediate threat to the campus or S&T students. He was taken into custody after police stopped his vehicle near Lebanon, MO. Officers say he did not have any weapons with him at the time of his arrest, but they did find weapons and ammunition during a search of his home.
A Kirksville man was injured when his utility truck ran off Shepherd Avenue in Kirksville Tuesday morning. The accident occurred just after 7am. 57 year old Derek Fowler, of Kirksville, was the driver of the eastbound truck. Police say a medical condition cause him to veer off the roadway. It then struck and snapped off a utility pole and ran into some small trees, coming to rest on the fence line at the south edge of the Kirksville Country Club Golf Course. Fowler was treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center.
Two Chula residents were injured in a Tuesday morning collision on Highway 65, just south of Trenton, which occurred just after 8am. The patrol says 19 year old Cale Hitt, of Derby, Iowa, was driving a southbound tractor-trailer and approached slowing traffic, when he swerved into the northbound lanes to avoid a collision and struck a northbound car, driven by 26 year old Madison Imgarten, of Chula. Imgarten escaped with just minor injuries, but her 4 year old passenger, also from Chula, suffered moderate injuries. Both were treated at Wright Memorial Hospital in Trenton.
ACCIDENTAL GUNSHOT STRIKES PUTNAM COUNTY COURTHOUSE
No one was injured when someone accidentally fired a gunshot into a window at the Putnam County Courthouse in Unionville, Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say a gentleman was disassembling a firearm outside the courthouse when it accidentally discharged and struck a third-floor window. Charges against the man are pending at this time.
A Columbia man was seriously injured in a three-vehicle chain-reaction accident, which occurred at around 8 o’clock Tuesday morning on Highway 63 in Boone County. 55 year old Michael Baumer, of Columbia, was taken to University Hospital after the accident. The patrol says his southbound car was struck by another vehicle, which failed to stop at a stop sign. After the collision, Baumer’s vehicle traveled into the path of a northbound truck. Neither of the other drivers were injured.
ENDANGERED SILVER ADVISORY CANCELLED – WOMAN FOUND SAFE
An endangered silver advisory has been cancelled, after a missing Columbia woman was found safe, early this (Wed) morning. The advisory was issued Tuesday by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, after 79 year old Lynda Smith went missing and failed to arrive at a doctor’s appointment. According to the advisory, Smith suffers from cancer, high blood pressure, bone disease and dementia. Officials say Smith was found safe early this morning and is back with her family.
Boonville Police arrested a man on Monday, after officers were called to a report of a domestic assault in the 800 block of Ashley Road in Boonville. A probable cause statement says the suspect, Brian Anderson of Boonville, refused to leave the female victim’s home. He is accused of shoving her onto a bed, holding her down and choking her. Anderson is charged with domestic assault, kidnapping and trespassing.
A Moberly paramedic is charged with burglary, assault and stealing, after allegedly burglarizing a patient’s home and stealing medication from another residence. 44 year old Richelle Grapes, of Moberly, is charged in the case. Investigators say Grapes, who worked for the Randolph County Ambulance District, was arrested on December 22 after she was discovered inside the home of a patient she had taken to the hospital. Prosecutors say she was also found in possession of opiate-based medication that was allegedly taken from another Randolph County Home. Grapes has been suspended from her position with the ambulance district.
KIRKSVILLE BUSINESSMAN SENTENCED ON BANK FRAUD CHARGES
Kirksville business-owner Burt Beard was sentenced Monday to two years in federal prison on bank fraud charges. Federal prosecutors accused Beard, the former owner of Beard’s Decorating Center in Kirksville, of making more than $380,000 dollars in fraudulent payments to himself while he served as the volunteer treasurer for the University of Missouri’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. His sentence also requires restitution in the amount of $380,502 dollars. Beard is to report to the federal prison facility in Marion, Illinois by March 5.
MILAN MAN CHARGED WITH KIDNAPPING MISSING OMAHA GIRL
A Milan man is charged with kidnapping, in connection with a missing 12 year old Omaha girl, who was found in a Milan home over the weekend. 23 year old Eh Tha Ger, of Milan, was arrested Saturday morning. He is believed to be the boyfriend of 12 year old Paw Ku, who was reported missing in Omaha on January 9. A search warrant was served at the home early Saturday morning and Paw Ku was found in the home, in good condition and healthy. She was placed in protective custody. Ger is charged with statutory rape and child kidnapping. He is being held in the Sullivan County Jail.
Two Knox County residents were injured in a head-on collision on Highway 15, just south of Baring, at around 3:30 Monday afternoon. The patrol says a southbound pickup, driven by 28 year old Edwin Haldeman, of Rutledge, crossed into the northbound lane and struck an oncoming vehicle, driven by 26 year old Matthew Neagle, of Edina. Haldeman suffered serious injuries and Neagle was treated for moderate injuries. Both men were taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.
Columbia Police are seeking two suspects, in connection with an armed robbery, which occurred just after midnight this (Tues) morning in the 1600 block of Kitty Hawk Drive. Investigators say four people were walking back to a residence when they were approached by two armed male suspects, who demanded property from the victims. After taking an unidentified amount of property, the suspects fled the scene on foot. No injuries were reported. Anyone with information on the robbery is urged to contact Columbia Police or Crimestoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
An endangered person advisory remains in effect for a Kirksville woman, who was last seen Friday evening. 20 year old Courtney M. Shearer, of Kirksville, was seen leaving the Kirksville Hy-Vee on foot Friday…and has not been heard from since. Authorities say Shearer is known to abuse drugs and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. She does not have her mediations with her. Police say she has contacts in the Kansas City area. She’s described as a white female, 5-4 and around 130 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police or the anonymous Adair County tips line at 627-BUST.
A 12 year old girl, who had been reported missing in Omaha, Nebraska, was found safe in a Milan, MO home and has been taken into protective custody. Omaha Police say 12 year old Paw Ku was reported missing on January 9. They developed information that Ku was the in the company of an older male and had traveled out of state. Late Friday night, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Milan Police and Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office were contacted by Nebraska authorities with information that Ku was possibly in the Milan area. Authorities secured a search warrant for a residence in Milan. Three suspects inside the home were detained and Ku was located just after 3am Saturday. A fourth suspect turned himself in to authorities Saturday. The suspects were placed in an investigative hold, as the investigation continues.
CLARK MAN CONVICTED OF CHILD SEX CRIMES
A two-day jury trial ended late Friday, with the conviction of Alonzo Bernard Thorpe, of
Clark, on eight counts of child molestation and two counts of child enticement. The charges stemmed from allegations of sexual assault involving two Randolph County children from April of 2011 to February of 2014. The two children and an infant sister were removed from their home after a 2014 domestic assault investigation. They began telling their foster parents and investigators about the sexual assault allegations several months later. Thorpe was charged in Randolph County but the case was heard Friday in Chariton County on a change of venue. He is scheduled for sentencing on March 15.
WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED IN KANSAS CITY
A suspect wanted for his alleged involvement in the deadly New Year’s Day Waffle House shooting in Columbia has been arrested in Kansas City. 29 year old Matthew Callier McMillan was arrested by Kansas City Police Saturday evening. He is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree assault, in connection with the New Year’s Day shooting that killed Anthony Warren. Police say McMillan was one of two suspects involved in an altercation, which led up to the shooting of Warren by a security guard.
Two suspects face drug distribution charges after police say they found more than 400 grams of marijuana Saturday afternoon. Hallsville and Centralia Police Officers arrested William Pieper, of Columbia and Emmy Fry, of Kirksville, Saturday afternoon. The two were booked into the Boone County Jail after officers say they found 460 grams of marijuana in their possession.
A Macon man, who was wanted on two drug-related charges, faces new allegations after his arrest in Macon Thursday morning. 32 year old Jay Patel, of Macon, was charged in Chariton County with two counts of delivery of a controlled substance last June. Patel was arrested by the Highway Patrol Thursday morning and now faces additional allegations of possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. Patel is also charged as a persistent DWI offender in Cooper County. He is being held in the Macon County Jail on $25,000 dollars bond.
Heavy equipment demolished the 110 year old former Macon County Jail on Thursday. Crews arrived to begin the demolition at around 8am Thursday morning. The old jail facility was condemned as unsafe, a few years ago, and a new facility, containing the Macon County Jail and Sheriff’s Office was built across the street. Crews will be back at the demolition site Friday to finish the job. The location will be turned into a new parking lot.
Two men faces multiple Boone County charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, after investigators uncovered an apparent plan to kills one of their sets of grandparents. 20 year old Brian Kelley and 19 year old Jared Bears are both charged in the case and are being held in the Boone County Jail. Kelley has been in custody since December, after he allegedly attacked his 70 year old grandfather at his home. Investigators say a conversation on Kelley’s Facebook page included discussions between the two suspects about killing the grandparents, including plans to escape law enforcement. Bears was arrested this week in Independence.
BROOKFIELD WRESTLING INVITATIONAL HONORS GARY HAAG
Former Brookfield R-3 teacher, coach and principal, and BHS Hall-Of-Famer Gary Haag will be honored during the Brookfield Wrestling Invitational this weekend. The public is welcome to a reception for the Haag family Friday evening, starting at 7pm at the school. Then, during Saturday morning ceremonies at the Wrestling Invitational, the tournament will be named in honor of Gary Haag and his contributions to the BHS Wrestling Program. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the tournament and help honor Coach Haag, at the Brookfield Invitational, this weekend.
Moberly Area Community College will hold its ‘Hounds 23’ reunion this weekend, celebrating that last 23 years of Greyhounds basketball. A welcome reception will be held this evening in the MACC Jorgenson Fine Arts Gallery, starting at 7pm. Saturday’s festivities include a luncheon and program in the MACC Auditorium at 11am, a public reception in the Activity Center meeting room at 4pm and all players and coaches will be honored during Saturday’s MACC men’s basketball game.
Brookfield Police arrested a New Cambria man, after a Tuesday night traffic stop turned into a drug investigation. The suspect, 53 year old Jonathan Abeln, of New Cambria, was stopped in the 500 block of South Main Street in Brookfield, just before 11pm Tuesday. Officers observed Abeln reaching into his coat pocket several times. They recovered a glass meth pipe, then called in K-9 ‘Nitro’ for a search of the vehicle. It turned up nearly 70 grams of a crystal-like substance that field-tested positive for meth, with a street value estimated at around $7,000 dollars. Abeln is charged with attempted drug trafficking. His bond has been set at $50,000 dollars cash-only.
Police say a northeast Missouri woman suffered major injuries, in an attack by a LaBelle man. 57 year old Daniel Hartgrave, of LaBelle, has been charged with first-degree assault. According to information from the Lewis County Sheriff’s Department, investigators were notified of the woman’s injuries by a medical facility on Monday. Deputies say Hartgrave is accused of striking the woman with two different objects, causing major injuries. Hartgrave is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond.
LIVINGSTON COUNTY DEPUTIES INVESTIGATE CHULA INCIDENTS
Livingston County deputies are investigating after they were called twice to the same Chula business over the weekend. Deputies were first called to an altercation inside the business, Sunday morning. A second report from the same location Sunday involved the discharge of a firearm in the parking lot of the business. No one was injured in the incidents and the suspect was not on the scene when deputies arrived. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
Columbia Police say a Centralia man suffered life-threatening injuries in an early-morning one-vehicle accident on Brown Station Road. 22 year old Dylan Bebeszko, of Centralia, was the driver of the vehicle. Police say it ran through a ditch, went airborne and struck a stop sign and a tree in a residential yard. Officers say Bebeszko may have been speeding and driving under the influence at the time of the accident. He was taken to a Columbia Hospital with serious injuries.
FIRE CREW CALLED TO MIZZOU ARENA
Just hours after the Missouri Tigers finished off a home victory over Tennessee, Wednesday night, firefighters were called to Mizzou Arena, responding to an alarm, just after 2am this morning. University security workers say a water leak in the pump room prompted the alarm and no fire was involved. Repair efforts have been underway early this morning.
A Kirksville man has been charged in connection with a Monday morning shots fired incident, near the Casey’s Convenience Store, located just south of downtown Kirksville. Officers were called to the report, just after 9:30 Monday morning. They say the suspect, 28 year old John E. Mims, of Kirksville, got into an altercation with another man in the parking lot of the store. Mims is accused of shooting at the victim from the driver’s seat of a car as it left the scene. Mims was arrested a short time later outside a nearby residence. He is charged with assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action. Mims is being held on $150,000 dollars bond.
Chillicothe Police have released information on a months-long narcotics investigation, which resulted in multiple arrests earlier this week. Officers say a traffic stop netted the arrest of 28 year old Travis Donoho. Police then executed a search warrant at a home in the 100 block of Second Street, where they seized meth, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and cash. Arrested at the scene was 64 year old George Kitchin, of Chillicothe, for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Also arrested were 25 year old Austin Estes and 39 year old Maria Childs, on possession charges.
A Gallatin driver was treated for moderate injuries, after a one-vehicle accident, which occurred just after 10:30 Tuesday night on Highway 6 in Gallatin. 39 year old Kevin Caldwell was taken to Liberty Hospital for treatment after the accident. The patrol says his eastbound car ran off the roadway, struck a guardrail, became airborne and traveled down an embankment and overturned.
Sullivan County fire officials say one person was injured, when a Milan apartment complex burned over the weekend. Leewood Apartments in Milan, reportedly burned to the ground after a greases fire ignited in one apartment. All of the residents were able to escape the building, but one firefighter suffered a minor injury when he slipped on ice around the building.
Columbia Police have arrested the suspect, who allegedly robbed the Best Buy store on Worley Street in Columbia and then held an employee and her children at gunpoint. 28 year old Erik Demtrek Colbert, of Fulton, has been arrested and charged with robbery, kidnapping, assault and armed criminal action. Police say Colbert held a Best Buy employee at gunpoint before ordering her and her children to carry the stolen items to his vehicle. He was arrested in the vehicle about 30 minutes later.
A Saline County man is charged with child molestation and endangering the welfare of a child, after Marshall Police investigated a report of child abuse. A probable cause statement accuses the suspect, Mark Hughes, of taking two children to the hospital for treatment, which revealed the children, both age three, suffered from sexually transmitted diseases and had also suffered apparent child abuse. Hughes was arrested and is being held in the Saline County jail.
Moberly Police say a male and a female suspect are in custody, after a search warrant was served Friday night at a Moberly residence. The 30 year old male and 21 year old female suspects were arrested after a search in the 400 block of South Ault Street, in Moberly, allegedly turned up marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a stolen firearm and a large amount of currency. The suspect’s identities have not been release, pending the filing of formal charges.
Moberly Police report the arrest of a suspect in last week’s burglary at Xpress Liquor and Smokes. The burglary occurred early Thursday morning and the suspect was arrested over the weekend. Police say 24 year old Milton Ketchem, of Moberly, is charged with second-degree burglary and his bond has been set at $100,000 dollars, cash-only. Investigators say information leading to Ketchem’s arrest was provided by the public.
SHELBINA MAN FACES NEW CHARGES AFTER WARRANT ARREST
A Shelbina man faces drug charges, after his arrest over the weekend. Shelbina police took the suspect, Joseph E. Mefford, of Shelbina, into custody Saturday night on a felony probation and parole warrant, along with an active warrant for peace disturbance. During the arrest, officers say they found 90 grams of marijuana, scales and other items of drug paraphernalia. Mefford faces new charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has released the results of a covert operation, involving checks on businesses that sell alcohol. The operation was conducted last week, with cooperation and grant funding from the Midland Empire Alcohol Task Force. A willing 18 year old participant was sent into businesses, attempting to buy alcohol. As a result of the operation, three individuals were issued citations for supplying liquor to a minor.
An Ethel woman faces charges after a fatal accident occurred Thursday night on Route 149, north of New Cambria. 71 year old Gall Allard, of Ethel, died from injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred at around 7pm. He was a passenger in a northbound pickup, driven by 45 year old Rebekah Smith, of Ethel. The patrol says Smith lost control and the pickup ran off the roadway, struck a fence and overturned, partially ejecting Allard from the vehicle. Smith refused treatment for minor injuries. She was arrested for driving while intoxicated, causing a fatality.
A Brookfield driver was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Highway 36, just west of the Laclede junction, just before 9pm Thursday night. 36 year old Ronell Clark, of Brookfield, was the driver of a westbound car. The patrol says it ran off the highway, struck a sign and continued through some trees before coming to rest. Clark was treated for minor injuries at Pershing Memorial Hospital in Brookfield.
A Princeton driver was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup ran off Sullivan County Route E, just west of Milan, Thursday night. 22 year old April Wipple, of Princeton, was taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment after the accident, which occurred at around 9pm. The patrol says she lost control on the ice-covered roadway and her pickup skidded off the road and overturned.
MOBERLY POLICE INVESTIGATE THURSDAY MORNING BURGLARY
Moberly Police are investigating a Thursday morning burglary at Express Liquor and Smokes, on South Morley in Moberly. Investigators say a subject entered the building and took some undisclosed items. He is described as a white male, about 5-11 with an average build. He was last seen wearing a plaid coat or shirt, camouflage pants and a blue cloth over his face. Anyone with information is urged to contact Moberly Police at 660-263-0346.
Columbia Police are looking for a person of interest in the Thursday morning shooting at Woodlake Apartments, which seriously injured a Columbia woman. Investigators say the 31 year old female victim is in stable condition, after suffering life-threatening gun shot wounds. They have not released her identity. Officers were called to multiple reports of a disturbance followed by gunfire at around 1:15am. They say a person of interest has been identified and is being sought. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 573-875-TIPS.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the entire area today, as falling temperatures will create the possibility of some slick roadways as the day goes along. Temperatures are expected to fall below the freezing mark by mid to late morning, causing areas of rain to transition to a wintry mix of rain, freezing rain and sleet, possibly changing over to some light snow this afternoon. Temperatures will continue to drop this evening, into the teens by 5pm and down to single-digits overnight, with gusty northwest winds causing wind chill readings below zero. Little if any accumulation is expected, but wet roadways will likely freeze and the wintry mix could cause an additional glaze on untreated surfaces. Travel conditions are expected to deteriorate throughout the day and into tonight.
NOTE: We do have numerous school closings and other announcements this morning…click our ‘cancellations’ page for the latest information.
A Columbia driver was treated for moderate injuries after her car ran off Route 124 in Boone County, Wednesday morning. It occurred at around 10am. The patrol says an eastbound car driven by 24 year old Shawnie Ivicsics, of Columbia, ran off the roadway and overturned. She was treated for moderate injuries at University Hospital in Columbia.
Columbia Police say a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting incident, which occurred early Thursday morning in the 2600 block of Eastwood Drive. Officers were called to the scene just after 1am. No further details have been released, as of yet, as the investigation continues.
Missouri Governor Eric Greitens gave his State of the State speech last night. The Governor promised to deliver ‘the boldest state tax reform in America’. Greitens says he will lay out a detailed, thoughtful and thorough plan to cut taxes for both individuals and businesses, early next week. Missouri Lawmakers say they are ready to take on tax reform during the legislative session, but there is some concern about how to enact such a plan and balance the state budget.
A La Plata woman has died from injuries sustained in a rollover crash, which occurred Sunday morning. 82 year old Kathy East, of La Plata, was critically injured in the accident. She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia, where she died from her injuries Tuesday afternoon. The accident occurred at around 9:20am Sunday, when a southbound pickup, driven by her husband, 80 year old Stan East, of La Plata, slid off an icy Highway 63 and overturned. Stan East also suffered serious injuries in the accident. He is listed in fair condition at University Hospital in Columbia.
A Tuesday morning collision on Highway 24, just west of Madison, injured a Madison driver. 60 year old Larry D. Arp, of Madison, was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center, after the accident, which occurred at around 9:30am. The patrol says a tractor-trailer, driven by an Iowa man, was attempting to pass Arp’s pickup when he made a left turn into the path of the semi.
A Moberly woman is charged with endangering the welfare of her children, and possession of a controlled substance, after three kids called 911 because they’d been left alone in an apartment. It occurred in the 400 block of West Reed Street in Moberly. Officers say the woman, Tara Belcher, returned to the home and told them she did not leave the children for long and that she had left them her cell phone. Officers found oxycodone in the apartment. Belcher was arrested and is scheduled for a court appearance on January 29.
Slick roads in the area have been a part of multiple accidents, over the past few days.
Police say a Monday evening multi-vehicle pileup on Baltimore Street in Kirksville, which involved a total of five vehicles, may have been affected by a slick driving surface. Two persons went to the hospital for treatment of injuries, after the accident, which occurred just before 5:30pm. Police say an SUV struck the car in front of it, causing a chain-reaction collision with three other vehicles involved. An occupant of one of the vehicles was taken by ambulance to Northeast Regional Medical Center. Another drove to the hospital by private vehicle.
A La Plata couple both suffered serious injuries when their vehicle slid off an ice-covered Highway 63, near the Atlanta junction, at around 9:20 Sunday morning. 80 year old Stanley East, of La Plata, was the driver of a southbound pickup…82 year old Mary East was his passenger. Both were taken to Samaritan Hospital with serious injuries, after the pickup slid off the highway and overturned.
Three suspects are in custody, after their arrest by Chillicothe Police and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies, Friday evening at a Chillicothe home. Officers responded to the 400 block of St. Louis Avenue, at around 7:30pm, in reference to a wanted individual with an active Livingston County warrant and drug charges. 30 year old Brandon Scott Simpson was arrested at the home. As a result of the arrest, meth and drug paraphernalia were seized and two others were also arrested…23 year old Felicia Pauline Martin and 27 year old Renee Justine Korona. All three were charged and are being held in the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail. Authorities say two other theft cases were also solved with the arrests.
Moberly Police say a man who was reported missing from a Moberly Care Facility, early Monday morning, was found and is safe. 36 year old Daniel Beeding, who suffers from mental illness, left North Village Park at around 12:30am Monday. Police say Beeding was found Monday evening at a bus stop in Columbia.
The City of Trenton and the Missouri Department of Ecnoomic Development have been notified by ConAgra Brands, Inc. of the expected closure date for Con Agra’s Trenton facility. A total of 282 employees will be affected by the closure, which will occur in phases from early March, thru May 31 of this year. Con Agra says the purpose of the closure is to improve inefficiencies and effectiveness within its supply chain network.
MORE DETAILS RELEASED ON NEW YEAR’S DAY COLUMBIA SHOOTING
Court documents say the shot that killed Anthony Warren at the Columbia Waffle House on New Year’s Day, was fired by a security guard who felt threatened by escalating hostilities, following another shooting. The statements say the incident began as a fight between two men, during which two shots were fired. The security guard pulled his weapon and told the two me to drop theirs, which they did. The guard told police a crowd of people, including Warren, began to encroach on him, leading him to believe they were a threat. The guard fired a single shot, which struck and killed Warren. No charges have been filed in relation to the shootings. The investigation is ongoing.
As expected, temperatures dipped below freezing early this morning, leaving some very icy roadways across the area. In addition, areas of patchy fog are affecting visibility in some locations. We have numerous school announcements and other cancellations. Get the latest list by clicking the ‘cancellations’ tab above. The lifting fog and low cloud cover will slow an expected warm up this morning, that will bring temperatures above freezing and improve travel conditions by mid-day. Some sunshine this afternoon and temperatures in the lower 40’s should help dry out the roadways, but a few slick spots could reform overnight, as we dip into the mid 20’s. Highs in the 40’s tomorrow and above-freezing lows tomorrow night will give us a break from travel concerns, but a wintry mix Thursday could bring us more problems for the end of the week.
The Macon County Sheriff’s Department is investigating break-ins at two local city halls. On Thursday, Deputies responded to reports of burglaries at the city halls in both Bevier and Callao. They say cash and credit devices were taken from both locations. Investigators have obtained surveillance video of two people near the Callao City Hall and they also found video of a van believed to be connected to the break-ins. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has issued an active missing persons alert for two Kirksville teens. Authorities say 13 year old James Owen Warren, a white male and 15 year old Victoria Whitlock, a white female, have been missing since Wednesday. The mother of one of the teens says they ran away from the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center in Kirksville. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to contact Kirksville Police, the Adair county Sheriff’s Office or the Highway Patrol.
Moberly Police are seeking a suspect, who fled from officers after a vehicle stop Thursday night. 30 year old Cody Kitchen, of Moberly, was stopped by officers at around 8:45pm. Officers say Kitchen was wanted on a felony probation and parole warrant. He fled his vehicle on foot and then unlawfully entered a residence in the 600 block of Coates Street. As officers entered the residence, Kitchen escaped out the back door. A search with assistance from the Columbia Police K9 unit was unable to locate the suspect. Anyone with information on Kitchen’s whereabouts is urged to contact Moberly Police or the anonymous tips line at 269-TIPS.
A Cooper County woman faces drug trafficking charges after deputies found a large amount of meth in her car. The car was stopped by deputies this week, after she failed to stop at a stop sign. Deputies say the driver, Cynthia Gibler-O’Brien, had an active warrant for meth possession out of Illinois. Officers called in a K9 unit to search the vehicle. The search turned up 116 grams of meth and drug paraphernalia. O’Brien is charged with delivery of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.
A Carrollton driver was treated for moderate injuries after her pickup ran off Highway 65 in Saline County, Wednesday night. 49 year old Kathy Norris, of Carrollton, was taken to Centerpoint Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 9:25pm. The patrol says she fell asleep at the wheel of her northbound pickup, which ran off the roadway and struck a culvert.
A Kirksville man is accused of assaulting two Kirksville Police Officers during his arrest, on Tuesday in the Kirksville Walmart Parking Lot. 30 year old Shane Mullen, of Kirksville, is charged with resisting arrest, two counts of assault on an officer and possession of a controlled substance. Court documents say Mullen gave officers a fake name and birthdate before providing his proper ID. He then attempted to flee from officers, pushing one to the ground during his attempt to run. Investigators say Mullen was in possession of two bags of a white crystal substance, which field-tested positive for meth. He was also wanted on a Kirksville warrant for stealing, along with a probation and parole violation warrant. Mullen is being held on $10,000 dollars cash-only bond.
HEALTH DEPARMENT AND YMCA TEAM UP FOR WELLNESS CHALLENGE
The Linn County Health Department and the North Central Missouri YMCA are teaming up to host a ‘Healthy You’ wellness challenge to kick off the new year. The 12-week challenge will begin next week and registration is underway now. There’s a ten-dollar fee to join the challenge with cash prizes awarded at the end of the 12 weeks, along with other weekly prizes. The signup deadline is Friday. Call, e-mail or stop by the Linn County Health Department Office in Brookfield to find out more, or to get registered, by tomorrow.
ONE KILLED ONE INJURED IN JEFFERSON CITY HOUSE FIRE
One person was killed and another was injured in a Jefferson City house fire, which occurred early Wednesday morning. Firefighters were called to the home on Walsh Street at around 4:30am Wednesday, and found flames coming from the roof of the home. One occupant, who was critically injured, was rescued and taken to an area hospital. The body of a second victim was found inside the home. The identities of the victims have not been released and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
Mexico Police arrested at woman over the New Year’s weekend, who is accused of stabbing a St. Louis man with a knife. Officers were called to the 900 block of Hassen Drive in Mexico on Saturday to a report of a disturbance. Inside an apartment, officers discovered a fight had occurred and a 23 year old St. Louis man suffered a stab wound. 20 year old Lanyia Smith was arrested at the scene. She faces possible charges for domestic assault and unlawful use of a weapon. The victim was treated and released at an area hospital.
A Moberly man, who had been reported missing from a Moberly Care Facility, was found Tuesday and is safe. Moberly Police issued an endangered person advisory for 41 year old Corey Ryan Green, who is a patient at
The Highway Patrol says seven people died in
The Chillicothe Area Arts Council will host a Missoula Children’s Theatre production of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, which will rehearse next week for performances on Saturday, January 13 at the Gary Dickinson Performing Arts Center in
Power is back on this morning in Carrollton, after an equipment failure caused a major power outage Monday evening. Officials say a transformer exploded and burned at around 6:15pm Monday, resulting in a power outage for much of the community of Carrollton. Crews say power was restored to all affected areas by around 12:30 this morning. A Saturday evening power outage in Carrollton affected most of the city, but lasted only about 30 minutes.
More than 200 northeast Columbia residents were affected by a power outage, which lasted several hours Monday morning. Officials report a total of three outages, which began at around 4am. All outages were restored shortly before noon Monday.
A Mendon driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Saturday evening on Highway 11, just north of Brunswick. 64 year old Kevin Hart, of Mendon, was flown by Air Evac helicopter to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30pm. The patrol says he was seriously injured when his southbound pickup ran off the roadway, struck a mailbox and driveway entrance, then went airborne and struck a second driveway and a tree and overturned.
An Independence driver was killed in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred early New Year’s Day in Clinton County. 28 year old Brandon Scott, of Independence died in the accident, which occurred at around 1:15am Monday. The patrol says his car was northbound on Route A in Turney, when he ran through a T-intersection and struck a hedge post. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
A Columbia driver suffered moderate injuries in a one-vehicle accident, which occurred Sunday afternoon on Highway 40 in Boone County. 58 year old Sharon Baly, of Columbia, was the driver of a westbound vehicle. The patrol says it ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail. Baly was taken by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.
ONE KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING
One person was killed and another was injured in a double shooting at the Columbia Waffle House, on Vandiver Drive, which occurred just before 2 o’clock Monday morning. Police say the shooting happened during a fight. One victim, 30 year old Dean Warren, died from a gunshot wound, after being taken to a Columbia Hospital. The other victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not released any suspect information, as the investigation continues.
Columbia Police say two suspects have been arrested in connection with a Sunday night shots fired incident at the Columbia Welcome Inn. Investigators say Matthew Benjamin Moore is accused of stealing a vehicle from the hotel parking lot and another man, identified as Michael Duwan Shields, allegedly fired several shots in the direction of the vehicle. Police arrested Moore for tampering with a motor vehicle. Shields, who is a convicted felony, is charged with assault, armed criminal action and illegal possession of a firearm. No injuries were reported.
A Novinger driver was injured when his pickup ran off an icy Route 149, just north of Novinger, early Thursday morning. 32 year old Kenneth Cody, of Novinger, was treated for minor injuries at Northeast Regional Medical Center after the accident, which occurred at around 5:30am. The patrol says his southbound pickup hit a patch of black ice and slid off the roadway and overturned.
An Illinois driver was treated for moderate injuries after his car ran off Highway 36 in Shelby County, late Thursday night. It occurred at around 11:15pm, just east of Hunnewell. The patrol says 54 year old Montell Raymond, of Peoria, Illinois, was the driver of an eastbound car, which ran off the roadway, struck an embankment, became airborne, struck a utility pole and overturned.
Chillicothe Police are seeking information on a hit and run driver, after a pedestrian was struck and injured, Thursday morning. Police say a small, dark-colored vehicle fled the scene after striking the pedestrian in the 400 block of Vine Street. The victim was treated for serious injuries at Hedrick Medical Center and then transferred to a Kansas City Hospital. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Chillicothe Police.
A postal truck crashed into a Columbia home Thursday evening. The accident occurred on Salem Drive, and caused just minor damage to the residence. Investigators say the postal worker apparently suffered a medical condition, which caused him to run into the home. He was taken to a Columbia hospital for treatment.
A Centralia family escaped their burning home without injury Thursday morning, but the home was a total loss. Firefighters responded to the blaze just after 1am Thursday and were on the scene for about five hours. They believe the fire originated in the area of a wood stove.
A Columbia woman faces forgery charges after allegedly using a fake social security number to buy two cars. Antwonett Biles was arrested after officers investigated the incident at Central Bank of Boone County. Investigators say the woman provided a social security number that was non-existent when opening a car loan. She faces forgery charges in the case.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents that they will take seriously any report of animal neglect and abuse, during extremely cold weather. The Department has opened a pair of investigations in the last couple of days, involving proper care and shelter for animals who are left outside. Each of those incidents could result in criminal charges or potential seizure of pets and livestock. The Department reminds residents to take proper care of your animals, or find them a home that will properly take care of them. Anyone with concerns about animal abuse or neglect is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
A northeast Missouri drug bust has two suspects facing a variety of charges. The NEMO Drug Task Force assisted the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office in executing a raid at the residence of 37 year old Erik P. Hickerson, in Durham, last week. Officers say a second suspect, 39 year old Derrill Jackson, of Palmyra, was also on the property and both men tried to flee the scene in separate vehicles. Officers were able to take Jackson into custody. Hickerson eluded arrest and was wanted by authorities over the weekend. Authorities say Hickerson turned himself in this week, without incident. Both men face multiple charges in connection with the case.
Columbia Police have arrested a man, in connection with an alleged domestic assault, which occurred earlier this month. The incident occurred on December 19, as officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of Valencia Drive. Police say the investigation reveals that the suspect woke up a female victim, who lived in the home, and started breaking things, held knives in his hands and threatened to kill her and choked her. The suspect was also accused of using a piece of broken glass to threaten a 7 year old boy. The woman says she drove through a closed garage door to escape the home. Williams Brooks has been arrested in the case. He faces charges of domestic assault, armed criminal action and endangering the welfare of a child.
Fulton Police arrested three suspects Wednesday morning, after police investigated a stolen firearm. Stephanie Hope, of Fulton, is accused of stealing a gun and trading it for drugs. Officers say a search warrant also netted the arrest of Ryan Wainwright, for possession of a controlled substance and possession of the stolen gun. Reginald Wainwright was also arrested at the scene for unlawful use of drug paraphernalia. All three are being held, pending the filing of formal charges.
The Livingston County Library will host a free New Year’s concert this (Thurs) evening in the second-floor courtroom at the Library in Chillicothe. This year’s concert features the St. Louis-based ‘Acoustik Element’, who are best known for reinventing popular songs by artists like Santana or The Eagles, while remaining true to their latin and jazz standards. No tickets or reservations are required for the free concert. Doors will open for first-come first-serve seating at 5:30pm and the concert begins at 6 tonight at the Livingston County Library.
One driver was seriously injured in a Tuesday evening collision on Highway 63, just north of Cairo. It occurred at around 8:20pm. 38 year old Billy Davis, of Lewistown, was seriously injured in the accident. He was taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The patrol says Davis was northbound on 63, when a northbound pickup was pulling a trailer with no rear lights. Davis’ pickup struck the trailer in the rear. His vehicle then ran off the highway and overturned. The other driver, 54 year old Kevin Gunnerson, of Moberly, was not injured.
The Highway Patrol reports a total of five fatalities on Missouri roadways over the Christmas weekend. Slippery roadways, from snowfall Saturday night into Sunday morning, contributed to nearly 500 total accidents in the state, almost twice as many as last year’s Christmas weekend. The patrol says 125 people were injured during the holiday period that began Friday night, thru Christmas Day. Troopers arrested 91 people for driving while impaired and made 49 drug arrests over the holiday weekend.
KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MULTIPLE THEFTS