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June 23, 2021

 

KIRKSVILLE POLICE WARN ABOUT COUNTERFEIT BILLS

 

Kirksville police are warning about fake money being passed in the community.

On Monday, officers were called to an undisclosed downtown business for a report of a customer passing two counterfeit $100 bills.

Police seized the bills from the business owner. Both pieces of fake currency have the same serial number.

These bills have the word “GECERSIZDIR” printed on the front and back of the bills. According to police, “gecersizdir” is Turkish for “nonnegotiable” or “not valid.”

Counterfeit bills marked “Gecersizdir” are not new. These bills have been found throughout the United States, including reports in 2017 and 2018 in the Midwest. Similar bills were investigated by the Quincy, Illinois Police Department in July 2017.

In the past, Kirksville police had investigated and seized counterfeit $100 bills. In most of the instances, the bills were commercially produced and were marked “For Motion Picture Use Only.” Bills marked with “For Motion Picture Use Only” are typically meant to be props.

It is not illegal to possess prop or other counterfeit bills, but police say it is illegal to use these bills in place of legal currency.

Kirksville police ask that businesses and citizens be aware of these counterfeit bills are in our community and be on the look out for them. You may also notice the serial number on both bills is the same.

If you suspect you may have received a counterfeit bill, you may contact the Kirksville Police Department or contact a local bank to check the bill(s).

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SETS DEADLINE FOR DEAL ON MEDICAID FUNDING

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is setting a deadline for lawmakers to work out a deal on a critical piece of Medicaid funding.
If lawmakers can't find a solution by Tuesday afternoon, Parson says he'll cut $722 million from the budget July 1.
At issue is an effort by some Republican lawmakers to stop Medicaid coverage for some contraceptives.
Those lawmakers are trying to attach the ban to a tax on medical providers that draws down a significant amount of federal Medicaid funding.
Parson says time is running out for lawmakers to cut a deal and protect the funding.

 

 

GROUP OF MISSOURI CONSERVATIVE SENATORS ASK GOVERNOR FOR SPECIAL SESSION

 

A group of conservative, anti-abortion Missouri senators has asked Gov. Mike Parson to call the General Assembly into a special session.

The coalition sent Parson a letter asking him to include new, pro-life restrictions on Medicaid spending. They say then they will support the renewal of the Federal Reimbursement Allowance (FRA).

The FRA is the tax on medical service providers that forms the state match for hundreds of millions of federal Medicaid dollars.

Renewal of the FRA tax hit an impasse in may when two senators balked at the use of Medicaid for certain forms of birth control and Planned Parenthood.

 




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June 22, 2021

 

12 YEAR OLD BOY HOSPITALIZED AFTER ROLLER COASTER ACCIDENT IN BRANSON

 

A 12-year-old boy has been hospitalized after an accident at a roller coaster attraction in Branson.
Branson officials say the accident happened about 7:30 p.m. Sunday at The Branson Coaster.
Emergency responders found the child trapped on a ride with what appeared to be serious injuries.
The child had to be extricated.
He was flown by helicopter to a Springfield hospital.
Details about his injuries have not been released.
The Missouri State Fire Marshall's office is investigating the cause of the accident.

 

 

MISSOURI NOW LEADS THE NATION IN RATE OF COVID INFECTION

 

Missouri now leads the nation with the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections as vaccinations lag.
One person in every 1,349 people in the state was diagnosed with COVID-19 from June 13 to Sunday.
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services spokeswoman Lisa Cox said the north-central and southwest part of the state are driving the surge.
While 53.3% of the population of Americans have initiated vaccination, most southern and northern Missouri counties are well short of 40%.
A handful of southern Missouri counties have fewer than 20% of residents vaccinated.

 

 

MISSOURI’S REFUSAL TO EXPAND MEDICAID GOES TO COURT

 

A court trial over Missouri officials' refusal to expand Medicaid is set to begin.
The trial starts Monday in a Jefferson City circuit court.
Voters last year amended the state Constitution to expand access to the health insurance program to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults, including three women who are now suing Gov. Mike Parson's administration.
The Republican governor says he won't expand Medicaid because the Legislature refused to pay for it.
Two single mothers and another low-income woman in response sued to force Missouri to provide coverage as called for in the state Constitution.

 

 

TWO NEMO RESIDENTS ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH MOBILE HOME FIRE

 

Two arrests have now been made in connection with a northeast Missouri mobile home fire in which the homeowner was found dead.

The fire was discovered in the early morning hours of Monday, June 14, 2021, at the home of Ray Tripp Junior, 61, on Economy Road northwest of Knox City, Missouri.

Tripp's body was found in the rubble of the burned-out mobile home.

His official cause and manner of death are still pending the final autopsy report.

On Saturday, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Bradley Wilkins, 52, of Kirksville.

Wesley Ruggles, 29, of La Belle, Missouri, was arrested Friday by the Knox County Sheriff's Office.

Both men now face five charges related to the crimes at Tripp's home.

Wilkins and Ruggles are charged with first-degree burglary and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Wilkins is also charged with second-degree arson, unlawful possession of a firearm and felony stealing.

Ruggles faces additional charges of first-degree assault, armed criminal action and misdemeanor stealing.

According to court documents, Ruggles told investigators that Wilkins had approached him about helping him with a "big job."

Ruggles said in exchange for helping Wilkins locate and break into Tripp's home, Wilkins would give him a specific amount of drugs and cash.

The two then went to Tripp's home around 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 13, 2021.

Ruggles told investigators he used a false name and false reasons for being at Tripp's home in an effort to get inside.

After an initial denial by Tripp, Ruggles was able to get into the home. Tripp then requested that Ruggles leave, but he refused.

After a brief argument, the two men got involved in a physical scuffle.

Ruggles said he grabbed a shotgun and struck Tripp in the head.

Tripp then tried to strike Ruggles with a machete.

The suspect said he then hit Tripp in the head with an empty wine bottle and knocked him unconscious.

Ruggles said he covered Tripp with a blanket as the man was facedown on the floor.

Wilkins then came into the residence and told Ruggles to grab whatever he wanted and then go drive around in Tripp's car and meet up later at Wilkins’ residence.

Ruggles told investigators Wilkins informed him he would handle the rest.

Ruggles said the items he took from the home were two cell phones, several dollars worth of change and a bowl of miscellaneous items.

He put the items in Tripp’s car and drove away.

Early the next day, Tripp's home was destroyed by fire, and his body was found inside after the blaze was put out.

As KTVO was the first to report last week, Tripp's car was found abandoned around noon last Thursday a few miles south of Novinger, Missouri.

Both suspects are being held without bond.

Wilkins is in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center. Ruggles is being held in the Clark County Jail.

 

 




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June 21, 2021

 

FOUR NORTHEAST MISSOURI RESIDENTS INJURED IN FRIDAY ACCIDENT

 

Four northeast Missouri residents were injured in a head-on crash late Friday morning.

It happened just before noon on Highway 136, one mile west of Medill, Missouri, in Clark County.

State troopers said a pickup truck driven by Eric Wood, 33, of Arbela, Missouri, crossed the center line and struck an oncoming SUV.

The impact caused the SUV to overturn off the highway.

That SUV was driven by Randy Sponseller, 65, of Memphis, Missouri.

Sponseller suffered minor injuries.

His two passengers were seriously hurt. They are Valerie Sponseller, 66, and a 14-year-old girl, both from Memphis.

Wood suffered moderate injuries.

The girl was flown from the scene to the hospital.

The other three went by ground ambulance.

All four people were wearing their seat belt.

 

 

MOBERLY MAN ARRESTED AND ACCUSED OF BREAKING INTO MULTIPLE HOMES

 

A central Missouri man has been arrested and is accused of breaking into several homes, causing property damage and assaulting one of the homeowners.

Moberly police say they first saw J’Angelo Robinson, 35, of Moberly, around 2:30 a.m. Thursday as he was running from a home on Thompson Street he had reportedly just burglarized.
Robinson, who was completely naked, was being chased by the homeowner.

When officers tried to make contact with him, they say Robinson failed to comply with their demands and, instead, resisted. Officers eventually took him into custody.
Officers spoke with multiple victims and witnesses who said Robinson had forced his way into three separate homes, causing property damage and assaulting one of the homeowners.
Police added one of the homes had small children inside at the time.

Robinson was arrested and is facing charges for Burglary 1st degree, Assault 3rd Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a child.

He is being held in the Randolph County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

MISSOURI RISKS $4.5 BILLION IN TAX REVENUE OVER CONTRACEPTIVE DISCUSSION

 

Missouri is at risk of losing $4.5 billion in tax revenue and federal funding for Medicaid health insurance.
At issue is an effort by some Republican lawmakers to stop Medicaid coverage for some contraceptives.
They want to attach the ban to a tax that provides a significant chunk of Medicaid funding.
Missouri hospitals, doctors and other health care providers are taxed.
Then the money is used to draw down federal Medicaid funding.
The state expects to bring in about $1.6 billion in taxes in the 2022 fiscal year, which would draw down another $2.9 billion in federal funding.
Lawmakers didn't reauthorize the tax this year. It expires Sept. 30. Federal law requires Medicaid programs cover family planning.

 

 




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June 18, 2021

 

TWO MOBERLY RESIDENTS HURT IN THURSDAY COLLISION

 

Two Moberly residents were treated for injuries after a Thursday morning collision on Randolph County Route JJ, just west of Moberly.  It occurred just after 10:30am.  The patrol says 62 year old Ruby C. Lane, of Moberly, turned left into the path of an oncoming car, driven by 63 year old Brent L. Cummings, of Moberly.  Cummings was taken to University Hospital with moderate injuries.  Lane was treated for minor injuries at Moberly Regional Medical Center. 

 

PALMYRA MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN HANNIBAL ACCIDENT

 

A Palmyra man was killed Wednesday afternoon, when his motorcycle collided with a pickup on Highway 61 in Hannibal, at around 4:40pm.  33 year old Herman McFall, of Palmyra, died in the accident.  The patrol says the accident occurred when a pickup, driven by 41 year old Timothy Stewart, of Hannibal, entered the highway and pulled into the path of the motorcycle. 

 

STURGEON MAN TREATED AFTER COLLISION ON HIGHWAY 63

 

A Sturgeon man was treated for moderate injuries after a Thursday afternoon collision at the Junction of Highway 63 and Route 124 in Boone County.  83 year old John M. Briscoe, of Sturgeon, was taken to University Hospital after the accident, which occurred at around 12:45pm.  The patrol says Briscoe attempted to cross Northbound 63 and pulled into the path of a northbound car driven by a 21 year old Illinois woman.  She was not injured in the accident. 

 

JUNETEENTH A FEDERAL HOLIDAY – STATE OFFICES CLOSED FRIDAY

 

Missouri State offices will be closed today (Friday) in observance of Juneteenth, according to an email sent to state employees.  A number of area county government offices will also be closed in connection with the holiday.  President Joe Biden officially signed a bill Thursday establishing June 19 as a new federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.  Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, the date that slaves in Texas were freed, the final state to be informed of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.  It is the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, in 1983.  Multiple events celebrating Juneteenth will be held this weekend around the area. 




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June 17, 2021

 

EASTERN MISSOURI WOMAN ESCAPES COLLISION WITH TRAIN WITH MINOR INJURIES

 

A Missouri woman has escaped with only minor injuries after her vehicle was hit by a train in Marion County, Mo.

The accident happened Tuesday around 4 p.m., on Paris Gravel Road, west of County Road 422, one mile west of Hannibal.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Cheryl Weathers, 61, of Hannibal, was travelling eastbound when she failed to yield to an oncoming locomotive, and crossed the railroad tracks.

The train struck Weathers' SUV, which then came to a rest on the north side of the tracks.

Weathers sustained minor injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital.

Her vehicle was totaled, while the train received just minor damage.

 

 

MU STUDY SAYS RURAL COUNTIES FACE NURSING SHORTAGE

 

Rural counties in the state are facing a nursing shortage at a greater rate than a shortage facing the nation and metropolitan areas, according to a University of Missouri study.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing assistant teaching professor Anne Heyen, analyzed data from around 136,000 licensed nurses to find age and geographical disparities across the state.

“Out of the 114 total counties in Missouri, 97 are designated as health care professional shortage areas, and a majority of these counties are rural,” Heyen said. “By identifying the specific areas where there is the greatest need for more nurses, we can better tailor our response to help Missouri have a more balanced nursing workforce.”

The study found 31 % of Missouri nurses are older than 54 and rural areas had larger percentages of nurses over 54.

“In some of these rural areas where nearly half of the nursing workforce is nearing retirement, now is the time to be proactive and start thinking about who is going to replace them 10 years down the road,” Heyen said.

She said higher pay and more job opportunities in cities attack young nursing students and contribute to the geographical disparities in the nursing shortage.

 

Whether it’s potentially partnering with community colleges in rural areas or establishing satellite campuses with dual credit options or more outreach programs, universities and their nursing schools can use this information to brainstorm solutions to assist underserved communities and provide more educational and employment opportunities to nursing students in the areas that need it most.

The overall goal of this research is to make sure everyone in Missouri ultimately has access to the health care they need, regardless of where they live, and identifying where the nursing shortages occur is a key first step.

 

 

MACON COUNTY REPORTS ANOTHER SLIGHT INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES

 

During the week of June 9-15, there were 21 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Macon County.
Of the new cases, only one was vaccinated.
The Macon County Health Department is also reporting one additional death where COVID-19 was a factor.
Currently, there are 24 active cases with five residents hospitalized.

Macon County is continuing an upward trend in cases in mainly unvaccinated residents. Per DHSS as of Tuesday, the case rate is 66.2 per 100,000 (up from 26.5 last week) and positivity rate is 16.9% (up from 8.0% last week). Due to the high positivity rate, the county is in an Extreme Risk category.
In April, the county had an average of six new cases each week. In May, there was an average of 9.5 new cases each week. So far in June, there has been an average of 15.5 new cases each week

The week ending June 8, there were 14 active cases and this week, there are 24 active cases. Last week, there were three hospitalized and this week, there are five residents in the hospital.

COVID-19 vaccines are starting to prove safe and effective in preventing transmission and reducing the health effects for those few vaccinated people who get infected. The Pfizer vaccine is proving to be 95% effective; Moderna vaccine is 94.1% effective; and, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 72% effective. Both Pfizer and Moderna are a 2-shot series. All 3 vaccines are free and available in Macon County at local vaccinators such as Macon County Health Department and Samaritan Hospital, as well as some local pharmacies. The nurses at the health department are knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions you may have about the vaccines.

 

 




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June 16, 2021

 

BODY FOUND IN BURNED MOBILE HOME IN KNOX COUNTY

 

An investigation is underway after a body was found in a burned-out mobile home in rural Knox County.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, emergency personnel responded to a fire on Economy Place early Monday morning.

A deceased person was discovered in the remains of the residence.

An autopsy will be performed to determine identity and cause of death.

A green 2006 Hyundai Elantra with a red hood was seen in the area of the fire.

Law enforcement is asking that anyone with information on that vehicle to contact authorities.

A joint investigation is being conducted by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol Drug and Crime Control and the Missouri State Fire Marshall.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL THAT LIMITS PUBLIC HEALTH RESTRICTIONS

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a new law that will limit public health restrictions imposed by local governments.
The law takes effect immediately, but most Missouri cities and counties already ended their coronavirus restrictions on businesses and public gatherings.
Parson says the law signed Tuesday will primarily affect future public health crises.
The law limits emergency orders restricting businesses, churches, schools or gatherings to 30 days, unless extended by the local governing body.
Parson says he generally supports local control, but that the new law is needed because he thinks some local officials overreached during the pandemic.

 

 

SOUTH MISSOURI MAN SENTENCED TO MORE THAT 600 YEARS IN PRISON FOR CHILD SEX ABUSE

 

A judge has sentenced a 62-year-old child sexual abuser in southwest Missouri to more than 600 years in prison.
Daniel Franklin, of rural Joplin, was convicted in April of 10 felonies, including three counts of statutory rape.
The jury recommended that he be sentenced to six terms of 99 years, three of 30 years and one of four years.
On Monday, Jasper County Circuit Court Judge Dean Dankelson followed the jury's recommendations and sentenced Franklin to a total of 628 years, with some sentences running consecutively and others concurrently.
Five girls, who are now teenagers, testified against Franklin at his trial.

 




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June 15, 2021

 

TWO NORTH MISSOURI HEALTH DEPARTMENTS TO HOLD COVID VACCINE CLINICS THIS WEEK

 

The Sullivan County Health Department will be hosting a walk-in vaccination clinic on Wednesday, June 16, for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

The clinic will take place from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at North Central Missouri Electric CO-OP in Milan, Mo. Follow the signs into the shop building.

The clinic is open to anyone age 18 and over that has not yet received a vaccination.

If you have questions, you may call 660-265-4141.

You will need to print and complete the vaccine consent form and bring that with you to your appointment.

Please note that if you are receiving antibody therapy, you must wait 90 days before receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Also, please do not register for a vaccination of you are sick.

 

The Adair County Health Department will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Kirksville from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 19.
The Moderna vaccine will be offered at the clinic and is approved for adults ages 18 and older.
No registration is required and vaccine consent forms will be available for completion at the event.
If that will be your first dose, then you will need to receive a second dose of the Moderna vaccine on or after July 19.
If you received your first dose of the Moderna vaccine on or before May 22, you can receive your second dose. You must bring your vaccination card with you to verify the date of your first dose. Also, your first dose must have been the Moderna vaccine.
Those who receive the vaccine on Saturday will be required to stay for observation for 15 minutes following the shot.

 

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION WARNS ABOUT INVASIVE BEETLE SPECIES

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation is warning about the invasive emerald ash borer.

MDC reported the invasive species was in 89 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis.

The emerald ash borer is a small, metallic green beetle originally from Asia. It attacks all species of ash trees, killing more than 99% of the trees it attacks. Ash trees typically show a pattern of declining health for 2–4 years before being killed by EAB.

“Landowners often notice woodpecker damage on their ash during the winter months — typically the first sign of EAB in an area,” says MDC Forest Entomologist Robbie Doerhoff. “By the time you notice this type of damage, it is generally too late to save your tree with insecticides.”

According to Arborday.org, ash trees are one of the most valuable and abundant North American woodland trees: estimates of the total number of ash trees in the United States alone range between seven and nine billion.

MDC said protecting ash trees on your property with insecticides prior to the attack by EAB is the best way to keep the trees alive.

“If you have a live ash tree in your yard and you’d like to see it stay that way, now is the time to treat it with an insecticide,” says Doerhoff. “Not all products will protect your tree from EAB, so it’s important to understand your options when it comes to this pest.”

MDC also encouraged people to buy firewood where they plan to burn it. Felled ash trees should be disposed of locally to prevent the accidental spread of EAB to new locations. EAB can emerge from ash firewood and logs for up to two years after the harvest, so don’t give EAB a free ride to your favorite camping locations.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO BURGLARY EARLY MONDAY MORNING

 

At approximately 4:10 a.m. on Monday, June 14, Columbia Police responded to a report of burglary with a weapon in the 300 block of Brookside Ln.

Upon arrival, officers spoke with an adult male and adult female victims who reported that an unknown male broke into their apartment and demanded money and property from them. 

The male suspect was described as approximately 5 feet tall, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a mask. The suspect’s direction of travel is unknown at this time.

During the investigation, officers located evidence of shots fired. No injuries were reported.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by the Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available later.

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

 

 




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June 11, 2021

 

MACON COUNTY REPORTS SMALL RISE IN COVID-19 CASES

 

During the week of June 2 - 8, 2021, there were 11 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Macon County.
Currently, there are 14 active cases with three residents hospitalized. Of the 11 new cases, none were vaccinated. Of the 41 new cases in the last 3-week period, only one was vaccinated and they experienced mild symptoms.

Macon County is continuing to see a small spike in cases in mainly unvaccinated residents. Neighboring counties, Linn and Livingston, have seen a rise in new COVID-19 cases in this past month. Those counties made national news as having the highest number of new cases in the country. Daily cases for Livingston County have more than doubled to 20-25 new cases a day. Linn County has “reached a level of transmission not seen before during the pandemic” with 200 active cases.

COVID-19 vaccines are starting to prove safe and effective in preventing transmission and reducing the health effects for those few vaccinated people who get infected. The Pfizer vaccine is proving to be 95% effective; Moderna vaccine is 94.1% effective; and, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is 72% effective. Both Pfizer and Moderna are a 2-shot series.
All three vaccines are free and available in Macon County at local vaccinators such as Macon County Health Department and Samaritan Hospital, as well as some local pharmacies. The nurses at the health department are knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions you may have about the vaccines.

The following reflects COVID-19 in Macon County as of the end of the day on June 8, 2021 –

14 active cases

3 hospitalized

16 deaths

1,655 total cases since March 2020

 

 

MISSOURI STATE WORKERS PUSH BACK ON RETURN TO WORK DATE

 

A union representing Missouri state workers is urging Gov. Mike Parson to make accommodations for state workers ordered last month to return to their offices, calling the directive "dangerous."
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the president of the Missouri State Workers Union Communications Workers of America Local 6355 wrote to Parson on Wednesday.
The union asks that Parson consider demands that include paid time off to get vaccinated, personal protective equipment for employees, and that the state set up a process so workers with family and child care responsibilities may request a delayed return.

 

 

MISSOURI DNR DIRECTOR DIES

 

 State officials say Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Carol Comer has died.
Officials did not release a cause of death but Comer, who died Wednesday, announced in July 2019 that she was undergoing chemotherapy to fight cancer.
Comer was named director of the department in January 2017 by former Gov. Eric Greitens.
Gov. Mike Parson said in a statement that Comer was an accomplished leader and dedicated public servant and a strong advocate for Missouri's natural resources.
Details of where she died and services were not immediately available.
Before taking the job in Missouri, Comer, an environmental lawyer, was commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

 




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June 10, 2021

 

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE CANCELES PLANNED BRIDGE REPAIRS IN BROOKFIELD

 

Plans to close Route 11 in Brookfield for repairs of the Brookfield Sub railroad bridge have been canceled by Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

A reason for the cancelation has not been announced and a new date for the repairs has not been scheduled. When the repairs are rescheduled they will close Route 11 from Boston Street to Helm Street in Brookfield for approximately one week. Motorists will be redirected via Business Highway 36, Pershing Road, and Pratt Street.

 

 

SPIKE IN COVID CASES IN PUTNAM COUNTY ATTRIBUTED TO COUNTING ERROR

 

If you have been keeping updated on regional COVID-19 cases online, you may have been alarmed to see a high level of community transmission in Putnam County, Mo.

That is a reporting error.

Numerous national databases show a surge of COVID-19 cases in Putnam County.

Putnam County Health Department made the decision during the peak of COVID-19 cases to focus on case investigations, contact tracing and its office services.

As cases slowed down tremendously, it’s shifted back to entering data from previous cases, some from last year.

Those cases are translating as new cases in some reports.

 

"We are just now getting to a point where we're able to go back through all of our 2020 and our 2021, from the beginning of the year, our charts and get them updated, inputted into EpiTrax, if they weren't there already and then closed, " Hunt said. "For some reason how it's being pulled isn't showing that it's historical data and that's our only assumption cause it is now showing that we have this huge spike in cases even though they're not currently active cases."

 

That’s the reason Putnam County has been flagged as an outbreak county at this time.

Hunt tells KTVO that Putnam County currently has four active cases.

Due to the large uptick in cases reported as current cases, rumors have also taken off.

Rumors have been circulating concerning the Brazilian variant being transmitted in the county as well, which is not the case.

 

"We don't have any variant cases to our knowledge yet," Hunt said.

 

The Putnam County Health Department says it would alert the public if the county were experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.

 

 

FEDERAL COURT PANEL BLOCKS MISSOURI ABORTION LAW

 

A federal appeals court panel has blocked Missouri from enforcing a sweeping state abortion law that bans the procedures at or after eight weeks of pregnancy.
A three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis handed down the ruling Wednesday.
The panel heard arguments in September in the legal battle over the 2019 law, which also would prohibit a woman from having an abortion because the fetus has Down syndrome.
The lawsuit was filed by Reproductive Health Services, which operates Missouri's lone abortion clinic in St. Louis, and the ACLU.
Missouri's Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt says he plans to appeal to the Supreme Court.

 




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June 9, 2021

 

AFTERNOON ROLLOVER CRASH BLOCKS ADAIR COUNTY HIGHWAY

 

An afternoon rollover crash blocks a northeast Missouri road.

Around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, first responders were called to the scene of dump truck rollover crash.

The crash happened on Highway T in Adair County.

The driver was out of the vehicle by the time responders made it to the scene.

The driver was not treated for injuries at the scene.

The road reopened shortly before 7 p.m.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS URGE VACCINATIONS BEFORE JULY 4TH

 

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to spike in southwestern Missouri, and residents there are being urged to get vaccinated before gathering for Fourth of July activities.
Springfield-Greene County Acting Health Director Katie Towns said 142 new cases of the coronavirus were reported Tuesday, and the seven-day average has reached 62, the highest level since Feb. 10.
Meanwhile, 76 COVID-19 patients are hospitalized in Greene County.
Towns says Memorial Day gatherings were a source of some of the recent spread, and she says there is concern about the pending gatherings for Independence Day.
Meanwhile, vaccination rates in southwestern Missouri lag far behind the state and national averages.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PASSES BILL TO COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC

 

On Monday evening, Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed Senate Bill 63 into law.

The new law creates a statewide prescription drug monitoring program.

It will also create the Joint Oversight Task Force of Prescription Drug Monitoring.

This group will be responsible to control where prescription drugs go to across the state of Missouri.

Governor Parson believes this is a needed tool for Missouri to help end the opioid epidemic.

 

"This is just another tool that we're going to be able to use to help us fight when it comes to opioids, when it comes to the law enforcement community, when it comes to the medical community of how do we do it better," Parson said. "And this is going to be just another step in making that a better place and a better state."

 

The new law will also help better assist health care professionals in better monitoring on where opioids and other prescribed medicines are disposed.

Every other state in the country has adopted a drug monitoring program as well.

The law also states that patient information is considered a closed record under state law.

It will not be provided to local law enforcement agencies, prosecutorial officials or regulatory bodies for purposes not allowed under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

 

 




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June 8, 2021

 

TINA MAN DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED IN SUNDAY EVENING ACCIDENT

 

A Tina, Missouri man is dead and another is injured after a crash on Highway 36 in Linn County Sunday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a truck driven by 21 year old Alexander Heussner of Tina was westbound on Highway 36 just west of Brookfield at around 5:30 Sunday evening. At that time Heussner lost control of the vehicle, traveled off the left side of the road, overcorrected, traveled off the right side of the road, and struck another truck driven by 62 year old Ralph Agee of Liberty. Agee’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the road. Heussner’s truck traveled back off the left side of the road, into the median, and overturned. Both Heussner and his passenger, 21 year old Blane Heussner, also of Tina, were ejected from the vehicle. Blane Heussner was seriously injured and taken to Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Alexander Heussner left the scene to seek his own treatment for minor injuries. Agee was not injured in the accident.  According to the Highway Patrol crash report, neither of the injured men were wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING AT HIS OWN HOME

 

 A Kirksville man faces six charges after a shooting at his home.
According to the probable cause statement, Toby Nigh of Center Road in Kirksville, shot at a person inside his home and at a vehicle as it was being driven away early Sunday morning.
The occupants said while they had locked themselves in a bedroom, they heard three more gunshots in less than 45-minutes.
Officers say when they arrived at the home, they were told all occupants of the house had gotten out.
Nigh was found in the backyard.
One officer found a handgun under a tarp covering a wood pile.
Nigh told officers someone was inside the garage and by the wood pile, although officers found no one else on the property.
One of the occupants told police as they were leaving the home, Nigh pointed a hand gun at them and fired at the vehicle as they drove away. A second handgun was found by police in the kitchen of the home.

Nigh has been charged with four felonies:

In addition, Nigh faces two counts of domestic assault.

Nigh is being held at the Adair County Detention Center.
No one was hurt during the incident.

 

 

YOUNG EASTERN MISSOURI CHILD KILLED IN BOATING ACCIDENT AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS

 

An 8-year-old boy was killed at the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday.

The Waynesville, Mo., boy was exiting the back of the boat when he was struck by the propeller, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report.

Troopers responded to the incident around 3:40 p.m. at the 6 mile mark of Glaize Arm.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

This is Troop F's second fatality this month and the 25th fatality this year.

 

 

MISSOURI DNR ACCEPTING ENERGY IMPROVEMENT LOAN APPLICATIONS

 

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for energy improvement loans from various organizations around the state.

Some of the organizations eligible for these loans are public schools, colleges and universities, local governments and hospitals.

These loans are part of the Energy Loan Program.

They may be used to improve an organization’s lighting system and heating and air conditioning.

We spoke with Energy Assurance Supervisor Daniel Dahler about how organizations may apply for these loans.

 

"As soon as your application comes in we will immediately start reviewing it," Dahler said. "Which we kind of do an initial review and we do a technical review where our engineer looks over all the information including your savings calculations and deems that it's a reasonable request and at that point we will send through our approval process to recommend that they get approved for the loan and it will get sent out to the applicant for signing."

 

Missouri DNR will be accepting applications for these loans through September 30.

Loan amounts of $10,000 to $1 million are available.

Each application will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis by the Department of Energy.

A link with where you can apply for these loans can be found here.

 

 




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June 4, 2021

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER THURSDAY

 

A Kirksville murder suspect was found guilty Thursday of the two felony charges he faced.

Andrew Head, 20, of Kirksville, is one of two suspects accused in the 2019 shooting death of Izaiha McFarland, 17, of Kirksville.

After deliberating for less than three hours Thursday, an Adair County jury found Head guilty of second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

Head's trial just got underway on Tuesday. Testimony wrapped up on

Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday morning, the prosecution and defense gave their closing arguments, and then jurors began deliberations.

Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson told KTVO Head was tried as an accomplice.

 

"We alleged that he (Head) encouraged the co-defendant to shoot Izaiha McFarland, and we are grateful that the jury found that he did in fact do that," Wilson said after the verdict was read.

 

Wilson said the range of punishment for a second-degree murder conviction in Missouri is 10 years to life in prison.

Head is scheduled to be sentenced on July 20, 2021, in Adair County Circuit Court.

Investigators said Drake Zanoni, of Kirksville, is the one accused of pulling the trigger and killing McFarland.

Zanoni is also charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

His trial will be held later this year in Lewis County on a change of venue from Adair County.

 

 

MACON WOMAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON UTV CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri woman was badly hurt Wednesday afternoon in a UTV crash.

It happened at 2:45 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 63 and Maffry Avenue near Macon High School.

Troopers said Melissa Hendricks, 50, of Macon, Missouri, traveled off the right side of the street. The UTV overturned.

Hendricks suffered serious injuries. She was flown to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

According to the online crash report, Hendricks was not wearing a seat belt.

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL TO OFFER BOATER SAFETY COURSE

 

Just in time for summer, a boater safety certification course will take place in northeast Missouri.

The course will be held on Saturday, June 12, at Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B headquarters in Macon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This course is free of charge, but is limited to 18 slots.

Participants of all ages will learn about boating safety, boating requirements, Missouri boating laws, launching and trailering of boats, etc.

Troop B Public Information Officer Justin Dunn says that this course is needed as more people are getting out on the water.

 

"The Missouri summer has kicked off after the Memorial Day period. So, we are seeing more boating activity on our lakes and streams,” Dunn said. “They need to have the information and the boater safety skills to be able to keep them safe when they're on the water."

 

At the end of the course, participants will take a written exam and if they pass, they will be able to apply for their boater's safety certificate.

To register for the course, click here.

 

 




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June 3, 2021

 

LINN COUNTY SEES SPIKE IN COVID-19 CASES

 

A northern Missouri county is seeing a large spike in COVID-19 cases.

According to the Linn County Health Department, as of Friday, May 28, there were 185 active virus cases.

Just four days prior, on May 24, the county reported 118 active cases. A shared post on the health department Facebook page states community spread of COVID-19 is the highest it has ever been at any point during the pandemic.

As of Friday, nearly 3,430 Linn County residents have been fully vaccinated.

On Tuesday, June 1, county health officials said the department has received notification from the state that the Indian variant of COVID-19 is circulating in Linn County.

 

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO PROVIDE COVID VACCINE CLINIC THURSDAY

 

The Macon County Health Department is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday, June 3.

Both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available by appointment.

Vaccines are available for all adults ages 18 and up.

Moderna is a two-shot series and Johnson & Johnson is a one-shot vaccine.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Macon County Health Department website.

To schedule an appointment, call 660-395-4711.

 

 

HIGHWAY PATROL K-9 ASSISTS IN LARGE DRUG BUST IN GREENE COUNTY

 

Missouri State Highway Patrol K-9 James assisted in a large drug bust in Greene County over the weekend. K-9 James located 64 pounds of packaged methamphetamine during a traffic stop, according to a Facebook post on the patrol's page.

The drugs were hidden in a spare tire.

The vehicle was stopped on I-44.

 

 

AMEREN MISSOURI SHARES SEVERE WEATHER ELECTRICITY TIPS

 

 It’s that time of year when Heartland residents are asked to take severe weather alerts seriously.

 

“When we issue that warning, things are coming together, that it’s getting pretty dangerous and it’s time for people to take action,” said Andy Bailey, NWS Kansas City Warning Coordination Meteorologist.

 

An electric company that provides service to many in the Heartland has some safety tips for what people can do before and after severe weather.

Ameren Missouri says customers should do the following before severe weather:

After severe weather hits, Ameren encourages to keep these safety tips in mind:

 

 




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June 2, 2021

 

POLICE INDENTIFY TWO PEOPLE SHOT AT BRANSON RESTAURANT

 

Police have identified two people shot and killed outside a Branson restaurant over the weekend.
Branson police say 38-year-old Krystle Buhl, of Forsyth, and 39-year-old Richard McMahan, of Merriam Woods, died in the Saturday night shooting outside of Famous Dave's in Branson.
Television station KYTV reports that officers found the pair with gunshot wounds in the restaurant's parking lot.
Police say one victim died at the scene and the other died at a hospital.
Police say they have no suspects and no motive for the shootings.
Branson Police Chief Eric Schmitt says investigators have found no indication that the shooting resulted from a robbery.

 

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL REPORTS SIX DEATHS DURING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says four people died on Missouri roadways during the Memorial Day weekend, and two others died on the water.
The patrol on Tuesday released details of the three-day weekend that began Saturday and ended Monday.
The patrol cited 270 accidents on roads, and 10 involving boats.
The agency says 112 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated, and eight others were arrested for boating while intoxicated.
The patrol also reported 79 drug-related arrests - 77 on the roads and two on water.
The four traffic deaths occurred in Bates, Camden, St. Charles, and Mississippi Counties. The water deaths included a drowning on Saturday in Iron County and a fatal boating accident Sunday on a lake in Maries County.

 

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN REQUIREMENTS ON PUBLIC LABOR UNIONS

 

The Missouri Supreme Court has struck down a 2018 state law that imposed new requirements on some public sector labor unions.
In a 5-2 ruling Tuesday, the Supreme Court said the law violated the constitution's equal protection rights by exempting public safety unions from the new requirements imposed on other types of unions.

The law passed by the Republican-led Legislature required other public sector unions to hold recertification elections every three years and to get annual approval from employees to deduct dues from paychecks.
The Supreme Court majority said there was no rational basis to treat public safety unions differently.

 




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June 1, 2021

 

MISSOURI COALITION FOR ROADWAY SAFETY REMINDS DRIVERS TO WEAR SEATBELTS

 

As the weather warms up and more cities lift COVID restrictions, more people will be hitting the roads.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety would like to remind those heading on road trips to wear their seat belts.

To spotlight the importance of wearing a seat belt, the organization is joining state and local law enforcement in its “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Justin Dunn is here with some advice for motorists.

“Motorists can obviously make sure safety is part of their planning, follow all traffic laws, wear their seat belt and don't drive impaired,” Dunn said.

Last year, 428 individuals died in traffic crashes involving people not wearing their seat belt.

Prior to 2020, seat belt usage was rising consistently, but the momentum stopped last year.

That is why law enforcement is urging travelers to wear their seat belts or run the risk of getting a ticket.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign ends on June 6.

 

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI MAN DEAD AFTER SHOOTING AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS BAR

 

A man is dead after a shooting at a popular Lake of the Ozarks bar on Saturday night.

The Camden County Sheriff's office said the shooting was reported shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday at the Lazy Gators entertainment venue near Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Authorities said a 27-year-old Black man was found shot. He was taken to a hospital where he died.

The sheriff's department has not released his name.

Two suspects have been arrested in the shooting, but the sheriff's department said investigators were still looking Sunday for a third person suspected to be involved in the shooting.

Authorities did not identify the suspects.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police responded to the 2900 block of Northland Drive on Monday, May 31 at approximately 12:45 a.m., for a report of shots heard. During the investigation, evidence was located that indicated shots were fired.

There were no injuries reported. 

There is no suspect description available at this time.

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

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

 

 

 




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May 28, 2021

 

MACON COUNTY ANNOUNCES 14 NEW COVID-19 CASES FROM WEEK OF MAY 19-25

 

COVID-19 vaccines continue to be given throughout Macon County to help protect residents and slow the spread of COVID-19.
According to the DHSS dashboard, 7,751 vaccine doses have been administered, 4,157 people have initiated their vaccine series and 3,737 people have completed their vaccine series.
In Macon County, 27.5% of the population has initiated their vaccines and 24.7% of the population has completed their vaccine series.

During the week of May 19 – May 25, 2021, there were 14 new cases of COVID-19.
Currently, there are 13 active cases and two residents are hospitalized. The Macon County Health Department was informed by DHSS that there was an additional death reported with COVID-19 listed as one of the causes.

The CDC has changed masking guidelines. Fully vaccinated people no longer have to mask unless it’s required to do so to enter certain businesses. The best protection from COVID-19 will be getting a COVID-19 vaccine, wearing a mask, staying at least 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and washing your hands often.

The following reflects COVID-19 in Macon County as of the end of the day on May 25, 2021 –

13 active cases

2 hospitalized

16 deaths

1,628 total cases since March 2020

 

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY ANNOUNCES 3 NEW COVID-19 CASES WEDNESDAY

 

On Wednesday evening, health officials in Sullivan County, Mo., announced three additional cases of COVID-19 in the county.

The new cases have been determined to be community related. No other information about the cases is being released.

Staff with the Sullivan County Health Department is conducting investigations to determine identified close contacts of the cases.

If you are someone who has been identified as a close contact, you will be given recommendations on how to proceed with quarantine measures.

 

 

TWO HIGHWAY PATROL TROOPERS PROMOTED TO CORPORAL

 

Captain Erik A. Gottman, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces the promotions of Trooper Brandon Pearson and Trooper Lee Ewigman effective June 1, 2021.

Trooper Brandon Pearson, of Milan, Missouri, was promoted to corporal and designated the assistant zone supervisor of Zone 4, serving the citizens of Putnam and Sullivan counties. Pearson was appointed to the Patrol on July 7, 2014. After graduating from the Patrol Academy, he was assigned to Troop B, Zone 3, serving the citizens of Linn and Chariton counties. On August 1, 2016, he transferred from Zone 3 to Zone 4, serving the citizens of Putnam and Sullivan counties.

Corporal Pearson is from Sullivan County. He is a graduate of Green City High School in Green City, Missouri. He holds an associate of arts degree in general education from North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Missouri, and an associate of arts degree in criminal justice from Mineral Area Community College in Park Hills, Missouri.

Trooper Lee Ewigman, of Marceline, Missouri, will be promoted to corporal and designated the assistant zone supervisor of Zone 3, serving the citizens of Linn and Chariton counties. Ewigman was appointed to the Patrol on July 1, 2008. After graduating from the Patrol Academy, he was assigned to Troop C, Zone 19, serving the citizens of Lincoln and Pike counties. On October 1, 2011, he transferred from Troop C to Troop B, Zone 11, serving the citizens of Randolph and Monroe counties. On October 1, 2015, he transferred from Zone 11, to Zone 3, serving the citizens of Linn and Chariton counties.

Corporal Ewigman is from Linn County. He is a graduate of Marceline R-V High School in Marceline, Missouri. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business finance from the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri.

 




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May 27, 2021

 

NEMO HOME BURNS TO GROUND JUST AFTER ELECTRICITY IS RECONNECTED

 

A northeast Missouri home burned to the ground just one day after the electricity had been reconnected.

The blaze on Evergreen Avenue about three miles northwest of Elmer, Missouri, was reported just before 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The fire happened at the home of Joe Bridges. A neighbor spotted the smoke and called the Elmer fire chief.

Chief Rob Aldinger told KTVO the house was fully engulfed in flames when his crews arrived.

Bridges said he had run into town and was not home when the fire happened.

He told KTVO he winters in Florida and had just returned home on Tuesday. That's when he had the water and power turned back on.

Aldinger said the blaze appears to be electrical in nature, caused by a problem with a main feed line coming into the house. The transformer was completely burned up.

No one was injured in the incident.

Aldinger said the Elmer Rural Fire Department used 8,000 gallons of water on the fire, but that wasn't enough to even touch it.

The one-story home over a basement is a total loss.

Bridges said he will be staying at a friend's house for the time being.

 

 

REMAINS OF MISSOURI JANE DOE IDENTIFIED AFTER 40 YEARS

 

Forty years to the day after a woman was found dead in a rural area of Missouri in 1981, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department announced on Tuesday that her remains have been identified.

The woman who detectives have known only as Jane Doe for four decades was Karen Kay Knippers, according to a sheriff's department news release.

Her death is being investigated as a homicide.

Knippers' body was discovered at 8:47 a.m. on May 25, 1981 in Dixon, near Highway MM at a low water crossing.

She had been beaten, strangled, and left in shallow water.

Knippers was found with a pair of pantyhose wrapped around her neck.

She was not destitute. Her stylish clothing, expensive dental work, and general appearance of being in good health indicated that she was probably not indigent.

But she could not be identified and was buried in the Waynesville Cemetery in a grave marked "Jane Doe," according to the sheriff's department.

Her remains were exhumed in 2015 and forensic analysis was done the next year.

In March 2016, a report concluded that the DNA extraction and development was successful.

The DNA Doe Project in December 2019 provided a possible name of Jane Doe and the name of a possible relative, according to the sheriff's department.

A month later in January 2020, the sheriff's office located a possible relative of Jane Doe in Alexandria, Virginia.

As it turned out, the man told detectives he had a sister he had lost contact with in the early 1980s.

The possible relative agreed to provide a DNA sample.

The genetic data of Jane Doe and the candidate were entered into additional databases in May 2021.

The samples "were noted to be 19.4 million times more likely to be the biological sibling" than an unrelated person, the news release stated.

The man was Jane Doe's brother, and she was officially identified as Karen Kay Knippers.

 

 

COLUMBIA MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia man was injured in an accident in Randolph County Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 52 year old Merle Downing of Columbia was westbound on Route B just west of Higbee at around 4 p.m. Wednesday.  At that time, Downing’s vehicle traveled off the right side of the road, struck the ground, and overturned. Downing was ejected from the vehicle. Downing was taken by Air Evac Helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. According to the crash report, Downing was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

 




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May 26, 2021

 

NEW SWIFT PLANT TO BRING NEARLY 200 JOBS TO MOBERLY AREA

 

Nearly 200 new jobs are coming to the northern Missouri region.

Swift Prepared Foods, a consumer packaged goods company and subsidiary of JBS USA, opened Monday in Moberly.

The facility has a price tag of $68 million and will produce ready-to-eat, fully cooked bacon.

Governor Mike Parson was on hand for the opening of the plant.

He said during the event that it's always exciting when companies choose to invest and grow in Missouri.

Swift Prepared Foods says it provides high-quality protein products and innovative prepared foods throughout the United States. This is the company's sixth facility in the country.

The company highlighted Moberly's strategic location as well as support from the community and state as key reasons for their decision to expand in the region.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR APPOINTS MISSOURI’S FIRST BLACK FEMALE SUPREME COURT JUSTICE

 

Governor Mike Parson has appointed the first Black woman to serve as a Missouri Supreme Court judge.

The Republican governor on Monday named Missouri Eastern District Appeals Court Judge Robin Ransom to the high court.

She's replacing Judge Laura Denvir Stith, who retired in March.

Ransom will join Chief Justice George Draper as the second Black judge currently serving on the Supreme Court.

She won't need Senate confirmation.

Former Republican Governor Matt Blunt first appointed Ransom to serve as a St. Louis County Circuit Judge in 2008.

Parson appointed her in 2019 to serve as an appeals court judge.

 

 

NEW PROGRAM SEEKS TO CRACK DOWN ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri has been listed as the 14th highest number of human trafficking cases in the United States, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Many mid-Missouri cases tend to be on Interstate 70 between Kansas City and St. Louis.

“It’s everywhere and I think people are starting to take the blinders off and actually see it now,” Julie Meranda said. She is the assistant director at Redeem Project Ministry, a Jefferson City non-profit organization. Just announced this month, Redeem is launching a new program in an effort to disrupt human trafficking. It’s called Captive Grace.

Meranda said now is the time to help victims of human trafficking.

 

I think more people are learning about human trafficking now. It’s becoming more prevalent now. Over the past year, I think with the pandemic there was a spot of time where everybody was saying save our kids, save our kids, save our kids all over social media, which is great and wonderful, but we have to actually do something about it.“

 

Doing something about is the mission of Captive Grace.

 

We are building an outreach team that will go into areas where sexual exploitation is prevalent throughout mid-Missouri and then when we come into contact with someone who is being trafficked or is vulnerable to being trafficked.

We will be able to build a relationship with them and be someone that they can trust, and then whenever they are ready to escape or have a life change and leave the industry, we’ll be there to offer programs and support or help them relocate if necessary

 

While she knows it may be a difficult task, Meranda said any progress they can make to disrupt human trafficking in mid-Missouri will be worth it.

 

Even if we only help one or two girls in the next five years, if they are having a life transformation, then that’s enough for me

 

Captive Grace is looking for volunteers, who will be trained from the Exodus Cry Intervention Manual, an anti-sex-trafficking organization

 

 

MEXICO POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED REPORTS

 

The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1000 block of West Breckinridge after a disturbance involving a gun Monday.  According to a press release, a 30 year old Mexico man came to a home on that block several times during the day Monday and threatened the residents. The residents called Mexico Public Safety but officers had been unable to locate the man after he fled the scene. Later in the day, the man returned to the home and began shooting at the house. One of the residents shot back and the man drove from the scene and crashed his car on North Missouri. He walked to a nearby house where he was taken to Audrain Community Hospital and then moved to University Hospital in Columbia for further treatment. No other injuries were reported from the incident.




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May 25, 2021

 

HALE MAN DEAD AND A CHILLICOTHE WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

One northern Missouri resident was killed and another was seriously hurt late Sunday night when one of them was using a leaf blower on a highway in the dark. The freak accident happened right after 10 p.m. just outside Avalon, Missouri, southeast of Chillicothe.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report states Susan Bachman, 63, of Chillicothe, was standing in the roadway in front of a UTV parked on Livingston County Route JJ, using a leaf blower to blow grass off the pavement.

That's when a pickup truck driven by Steven Wilson, 33, also of Chillicothe, came along and rear-ended the UTV, shoving it forward where it struck Bachman.

Bachman and the UTV driver, Charles Plummer, 75, of Hale, Missouri, suffered serious injuries.

They were taken by ambulance to Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe and then flown to Kansas City area hospitals for further treatment. Plummer was later pronounced dead at Liberty Hospital at 5 a.m. Monday

Wilson was not injured, but he was arrested on suspicion of DWI. He was also cited for careless and imprudent driving.

 

 

NEW LONDON MAN INJURED IN COLLISION WITH VAN

 

A man is recovering after colliding with a van in northeast Missouri over the weekend.

The accident happened Saturday around 6 p.m. in Ralls County, on Business Highway 61, on the north edge of New London.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers report Devin Gibbons, 27, of New London, was travelling southbound in a van, when a pedestrian on a skateboard, identified as Nathaniel Blackford, 20, of Mary Esther, Florida, was skating southbound in the northbound lane when he drifted into the lane with the van, and collided with the vehicle.

Blackford was taken by ambulance to Hannibal Regional Hospital, then airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia.

Gibbons was not injured in the crash.

 

 

SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR DEATH ROW INMATES APPEAL FOR A FIRING SQUAD

 

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a Missouri death row inmate who is seeking execution by firing squad.
Over the dissent of the three liberal justices, the court on Monday left in place a lower court ruling against inmate Ernest Johnson that could allow him to be executed by lethal injection.
He is on death row for killing three convenience store workers in Columbia, Missouri, in 1994.
Johnson has argued that Missouri's lethal injection drug, pentobarbital, could trigger seizures because of a brain condition.
The effect of the court's order is to prevent Johnson from amending his lawsuit to include the possibility of execution by firing squad, which is not authorized under Missouri law.

 

 




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May 24, 2021

 

FIRE PROMPTS CLOSE OF MILAN HOSPITAL

 

 A fire prompted the temporary closure of a northeast Missouri hospital.

The blaze happened late Thursday afternoon at Sullivan County Memorial Hospital in Milan, Missouri.

Milan Fire Chief Rick Gardner told KTVO fire crews were alerted by the hospital's emergency alarm system shortly after 5 p.m.

Everyone was safely evacuated from the building, including two patients who were transported to other area hospitals.

Gardner said the blaze was electrical in nature.

Hospital CEO Tony Keene told KTVO the fire started in an electrical outlet in the dietary manager's office.

The flames were contained to that office, but three neighboring rooms received smoke damage.

Those were the kitchen, the supply storage room and the housekeeping/laundry area.

The hospital was closed overnight until an electrician could come and make repairs.

The facility reopened at 11 a.m. Friday.

Keene said one of the patients was going to be returned on Friday afternoon, and the second patient had been discharged.

He said the hospital has another kitchen area in another wing to be able to continue providing meals to patients until the main kitchen is thoroughly cleaned and reopened.

Chief Gardner says firefighters had the flames out in 30 minutes, and they were on the scene for about an hour.

The Green City Fire Department helped at the scene.

 

 

NEMO WOMAN KILLED WHEN MOTHER COW ATTACKS

 

A northeast Missouri farm wife is dead after being attacked by a mother cow.

The tragedy happened around 8 a.m. Thursday on a farm about a half-mile north of Harris, Missouri.

Sullivan County Coroner Bob Wyant identifies the victim as Jane Heisey, 76, of Harris.

Wyant told KTVO Heisey and her husband, Glenn, were in a lot near their house trying to put an ear tag on a newborn calf like they've done countless times before.

That is when the cow knocked Jane to the ground and stepped on her head.

Wyant pronounced Heisey dead at the scene.

The tragedy has been ruled accidental.

Farming is listed as one of the Top 10 most dangerous jobs in the country.

 

 

GROUP OF SINGLE MOTHERS SUES MISSOURI OVER MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

Two single mothers are among a group of women suing Missouri for denying them access to Medicaid health care as called for in the state Constitution.
The two mothers and a third woman sued Republican Gov. Mike Parson's administration Thursday.
Voters last year amended the Constitution to expand access to the health insurance program to hundreds of thousands more low-income adults, including the three women.
Gov. Parson last week 
dropped plans to expand Medicaid after the Legislature refused to pay for it.
The women say they need the health insurance program to get treatment for illnesses including asthma and diabetes.

 




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May 21, 2021

 

MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT LEADS TO ARREST OF KIRKSVILLE FUGITIVE

 

A northeast Missouri fugitive is now back behind bars because he violated his parole.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office told KTVO Adam Lee Greathouse, 32, of Kirksville, has now been sent back to the Missouri Department of Corrections following his arrest earlier this month.

Greathouse was wanted on two outstanding warrants; one for parole violation and the other for second-degree burglary.

The fugitive was arrested early on the morning of May 5, 2021, at a home in the 1400 block of East Washington Street in Kirksville.

The sheriff's office, Kirksville Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the Northeast Missouri Drug Task Force with a search warrant at that residence.

Greathouse will likely face new charges related to his capture.

Sheriff Eldon Grissom said in a press release that the arrest was successful through intelligence sharing and a cooperative effort among local law enforcement agencies and the Adair County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE TWO MORE ARRESTS IN CONNECTION TO MAY 10TH SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

As of Wednesday, May 19, Columbia Police have arrested five suspects involved in the shots fired incident that occurred at Walmart, 3001 W. Broadway on Monday, May 10.

With the assistance of the Jefferson City Police Department, Mariquan M. Midgyett, 23, of Columbia was located and arrested for the charges of first degree assault and armed criminal action.

Detectives of the Columbia Police Department transported Midgyett to Columbia and remanded him to the custody of the Boone County Jail.

In addition to Mariquan M. Midgyett, CPD detectives also arrested Shaquail T. Midgyett, 20, of Columbia for the charges of fourth degree assault and disturbing the peace. 

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by the Department's Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available later.  

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

 

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI MAN INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY CRASH

 

A Wardsville, Missouri man was seriously injured in an accident in Callaway County Thursday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 42 year old Ryan Lubbert was southbound on Renz Farm Road just north of Jefferson City at around 11 a.m. Thursday. At that time Lubbert traveled off the right side of the roadway, the vehicle vaulted and then struck a fence. Lubbert was taken by helicopter to University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. 

 




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May 20, 2021

 

LACLEDE MAN CHARGED WITH MULTIPLE SEX CRIMES

 

A northern Missouri man is charged with 36 sex crimes involving young girls.

According to court documents, Jason Wesley Jones, 40, of Laclede, Missouri, is accused of assaulting multiple underage victims multiple times over the past 10 years.

Last week, Jones was charged with three counts of first-degree rape, seven counts of first-degree statutory rape and 24 counts of first-degree child molestation.

He also faces one charge of first-degree statutory sodomy and one count of patronizing prostitution.

Court documents state all of these charges involve three young girls.

Linn County Prosecutor Shiante McMahon told KTVO the investigation is ongoing, and there are two more potential victims.

McMahon said the case was brought to light by the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

The three girls referred to in court papers were all under the age of 14.

Due to the nature of the crimes and to protect the identities of the victims, the judge has sealed the probable cause statement at McMahon’s request.

Jones is being held without bond in the Macon County Jail.

 

 

TWO KIRKSVILLE TEENS CRASH WHILE DRIVING TWO STOLEN PICKUPS

 

Two 14-year-olds from Kirksville driving two stolen pickup trucks crashed Wednesday afternoon after driving recklessly.

The crash happened around 2 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 6 and Rye Creek Road east of Novinger, Missouri.

State troopers at the scene told KTVO the juveniles stole the pickups from the Kirksville High School parking lot earlier in the afternoon.

The trucks were unlocked and had the keys in them.

The 14-year-old boys had an 11-year-old boy from Kirksville with them.

Investigators said the two trucks wrecked at the same time after one of them hit the other.

One rolled and landed upright. The other took out a road sign.

After the crash, the three juveniles fled on foot into a nearby wooded area.

A trooper spotted them coming out of the woods about a quarter-mile east of the crash site.

The youngest boy was released to his parents.

The two older boys were detained and taken to the Bruce Normile Juvenile Justice Center in Kirksville where they will be dealt with by juvenile authorities.

Their names are not being released because they are underage.

No one was injured in the incident.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office and a state park ranger assisted at the scene.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE HIGHWAY PATROL PROVIDES DRIVING TIPS FOR MEMORIAL WEEKEND

 

 With the Memorial Day holiday weekend on the horizon, and more people starting to hit the roadways, we wanted to know what motorists should watch out for.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Justin Dunn provided some advice.

"Motorists can obviously make sure safety is part of their planning, follow all traffic laws, wear their seat belts and don't drive impaired," Dunn said.

Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend last year, 10 people died and 444 were injured in 1,081 traffic crashes.

Troopers also made 118 driving while intoxicated arrests.
The counting period for the patrol this year for the Memorial Day holiday weekend is from 6 p.m. May 28 to 11:59 p.m. May 31.

 

 




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May 19, 2021

 

SUSPECT CLAIMED TO HAVE BOMB AND TRIED TO ROB KIRKSVILLE BANK

 

Multiple law enforcement agencies rushed to a Kirksville bank Tuesday morning after a robbery suspect, who claimed to have a bomb, tried to rob the place.

Lt. Dave Grissom with the Kirksville Police Department told KTVO it happened just after 10 a.m. at the Bank of Kirksville's downtown location.

The suspect, a 30-year-old Kirksville man familiar to local police, was arrested without incident a short time later.

His name is not being released until formal charges are filed. He is in custody at the Adair County Law Enforcement Center on 24-hour investigative hold.

A witness who was sitting in the bank lobby when it happened told KTVO the man walked into the bank, dropped a backpack right inside the door and approached a teller.

The witness said the suspect then announced that he had a bomb strapped to his body, demanded money and told the teller to call the FBI.

Law enforcement said a Missouri state trooper, who was at Kirksville City Hall across the street from the bank, was actually on the phone with the suspect during the crime.

The man, who has a major distrust of law enforcement, was reportedly upset that local authorities were not investigating a certain crime, so he told the trooper he was going to rob a bank to get the FBI's attention.

Once dispatchers learned the suspect was at Bank of Kirksville, Grissom said Trooper Graydon Gaines then ran across the street to the bank.

The suspect obeyed Gaines' command to lift his shirt to show that he did not have a bomb. The man was then arrested.

Police say the robber did not have any weapons.

No one was injured in the incident. The suspect will likely face charges of robbery and making a terrorist threat.

The agencies who assisted at the scene were Kirksville police, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Adair County Sheriff's Office, FBI and Truman State University's Department of Public Safety.

 

 

EASTERN MISSOURI TEEN DROWNS TRYING TO SWIM ACROSS RIVER

 

An Eastern Missouri teenager has drowned after he tried to swim across the Meramec River.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says William Bergner Jr., of Bourbon, died Sunday night after the incident inside Meramec State Park.

Officials say Bergner tried to swim across the river, near a campground boat access in Franklin County.

He became exhausted and went under the water, and was unable to resurface.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

 

 

MISSOURI GAS TAX HIKE COULD BE PUT TO PUBLIC VOTE

 

A conservative advocacy group's Missouri chapter is seeking to put what's expected to be the state's first gas tax hike in years to a public vote.
The secretary of state said Monday that Americans for Prosperity-Missouri's director filed the referendum petition.
Missouri's Republican-led Legislature 
last week approved a gradual increase in the state's 17 cents per gallon gas tax to 29.5 cents over five years.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson is expected to sign the bill into law.
Missouri voters have repeatedly voted down increases to the gas tax.

 




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May 18, 2021

 

MACON POLICE OFFICER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri police officer was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle crash on Sunday.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the driver of the Macon Police Department SUV was Officer Dylan Wertz, 23, of Macon.

The crash happened at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Highway 63 and Heade Street, about a block south of Casey's General Store.

Troopers say Wertz was southbound on Highway 63 when he hydroplaned, ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.

According to a Facebook post by Carmen Stricker, who states that she witnessed the crash, Wertz had his lights and siren activated.

She said the officer had pulled into the center turn lane to pass a car, and as Wertz was pulling back into the southbound lane, that is when he lost control of the vehicle, and it slammed into a tree.

Stricker said Wertz's legs were pinned, and he had to be freed from the wreckage by emergency crews.

Wertz was taken to University Hospital in Columbia by ambulance for treatment of serious injuries.

Macon Police Chief Adam Dawdy told KTVO Monday afternoon that Wertz was attempting to make a traffic stop when the crash happened.

According to the online crash report, Wertz was wearing a seat belt. A hospital spokesman told KTVO Monday morning Wertz is listed in good condition.

Dawdy said Wertz was in good spirits Sunday night at the hospital and again Monday morning when he talked to the officer by phone.

 

 

CHARGES FILED IN 36 YEAR OLD CAMDEN COUNTY MURDER CASE

 

Camden County authorities were still working Monday to extradite a 78-year-old Louisiana man back to Missouri to face charges in a 36-year-old murder case.

At a May 14 news conference, Camden County prosecutor Caleb Cunningham announced a no-bond warrant had been issued for Larry Gene Hicks for the murder of Diane Lukosius.

"This case has never left this community and has always been in the back of mind of every person who's ever worked in justice enforcement, including me and my office," Cunningham said.

Investigators said then 30-year-old dental assistant Diane Lukosius was driving home from a Christmas party Dec. 15, 1984, when she was forced off the road into a ditch outside her home in Camelot Estates and was bludgeoned. She died two days later in the hospital.

They said Hicks knew the woman and had seen her at a local tavern that night. Deputies interviewed the suspect's wife, who said she remembered Hicks was drunk the night Lukosius was killed. Others told investigators Hicks would get violent when he had been drinking. Cunningham's office pick up the case, and in January, tracked Hicks to Franklin, Louisiana.

Camden County Sheriff Tony Helms joined the department 30 years ago, just after the Lukosius murder and initial investigation. He said making an arrest now has taken the weight off decades of work.

"It was very emotional," Helms said. "But after you get past that emotion, everybody's just taking a big deep breath and a sigh of relief. There's closure."

Cunningham said Hicks was considered a suspect early on and was questioned in 1989 and 1990, but no charges ever came of that.

Hicks now faces prosecution for second-degree murder. If convicted, he could spend what's left of his life in a Missouri prison.

 

 

MDC ANNOUNCES FREE FISHING DAYS IN JUNE

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation has announced that free fishing days will take place on June 12 and 13 this year.

During these designated days, people may fish without having to buy a fishing permit, trout permit or trout park daily tag.

Other fishing regulations remain in effect during these days.

Special permits may still be required at some county, city or private fishing areas.

Fishing permits are required for anyone planning to fish prior and after June 12 and June 13.

The Department of Conservation encourages people to take part in this event as more than 200 different fish types are found in Missouri.

More than 20 of those being game fish for the state’s more than 1.1 million anglers.

If you would like to know more about fishing in Missouri, visit this website.

 

 




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May 17, 2021

 

MILAN MAN CHARGED IN MURDER CASE

 

A suspect is now charged in a northeast Missouri murder case.

The Milan Police Department identifies the suspect as Edward "Eli" Withey, 20, of Milan, Missouri.

Withey is charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and abandonment of a corpse in the death of his 21-year-old wife, Mattie (Dean) Withey, also of Milan.

According to court documents, a couple of Mattie's friends discovered the crime around 1:30 a.m. Friday in the couple's upstairs apartment in the 300 block of North State Street in Milan.

They then called police.

Milan Police Chief Gail Hayes told KTVO Withey was found dead from one apparent gunshot wound. The murder weapon was found at the scene. Hayes says it is a .22 caliber rifle.

Police then called in the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control to assist in the investigation.

Hayes said they believe the woman was killed sometime on Thursday.

Eli Withey was arrested just before 5 a.m. Friday at his workplace, the Smithfield Foods plant in Milan.

Court documents state that at the time of his arrest Withey appeared to be very nervous, was trembling and sweating profusely.

Investigators saw three red stains, which appeared to be blood, on the hooded sweatshirt Eli was wearing. It was seized for evidence.

Withey is being held without bond.

Sullivan County Coroner Robert "Bob" Wyant told KTVO an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday at the Missouri State Medical Examiner's Office in Columbia.

 

 

HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION OPERATION SAVES 9 VICTIMS

 

Nine victims were rescued Friday night during a joint human trafficking operation conducted by several Boone County and state law enforcement agencies.

According to a release from the state attorney general's office, the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Missouri Attorney General’s Office and "a multitude of other local, state, and federal agencies" conducted the operation out of the Holiday Inn East hotel in Columbia. In addition to the nine victims, participating agencies "made contact" with two children during the operation. Two suspects were detained.

"Thanks to the hard work and cooperation of local, state, and federal law enforcement, we were able to rescue 9 victims. I want to thank the Columbia Police Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, and all the other agencies that helped make this a success," State Attorney General Eric Schmitt said in a statement. "We’re working every single day to make Missouri the most inhospitable state in the union to human traffickers, and last night’s operation was another step towards that goal.”

Rise Coalition, True North and Relentless Pursuit offered victim services, including on-site medical treatment, food, counseling and lodging to the nine rescued.

The investigation is ongoing. Jeremiah Hunter, CPD assistant police chief and commander of the department's Investigations Bureau, said his team will continue to work toward the attorney general's goal of quelling human trafficking in the region.

"Traffickers show no respect for their victims and prey on them for personal gain," Hunter said in a statement. "We will continue to work with Attorney General Schmitt and other law enforcement partners to pursue those who prey on others and to assure this activity no longer occurs in Columbia."

Schmitt's office issued a special thanks to the Holiday Inn East for "their cooperation and willingness to help in this important matter."

The following agencies participated in the operation: The Missouri Attorney General’s Office, Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, St. Joseph Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, MSHP’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, MSPH’s Missouri Information Analysis Center, Missouri Gaming Commission, Missouri Department of Corrections, Missouri Department of Probation and Parole, Homeland Security Investigations and the Internal Revenue Service.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS APPROVE LEGAL PROTECTION FROM COVID LAWSUITS

 

Missouri lawmakers have approved new legal protections against coronavirus lawsuits as one of the final actions of their 2021 session.

The bill passed Friday would shield hospitals, manufacturers and other businesses from lawsuits over alleged wrongdoing during the pandemic.

The bill now goes to Gov. Mike Parson, who made it one of his priorities.

If signed by Parson, it wouldn't take effect until Aug. 28. The bill would prevent lawsuits against businesses unless someone can prove they were exposed there and sickened by the coronavirus, and that the business was acting recklessly.

 




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May 14, 2021

 

MISSOURI DHSS APPROVES PFIZER COVID VACCINE

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced their approval of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine for children aged 12-15.

DHSS Acting Director Robert Knodell and State Epidemiologist Dr. George Turabelidze signed a standing order to allow the administration of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to kids in that age group. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have approved the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in kids as young as 12.

The order allows about 313,000 more people to get vaccinated.

DHSS is working to enroll pediatricians into the state's vaccine program. This will allow doctors to order the vaccines needed.

In most cases, parents or guardians will need to be present for children under 18 to get the vaccine. Sometimes, written permission will be accepted.

 

 

HY-VEE ANNOUNCES PHARMACY LOCATIONS ARE ADMINISTERING FREE COVID VACCINES TO 12-15 YEAR OLDS

 

On Thursday, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that all Hy-Vee pharmacy locations are now administering free COVID-19 vaccines to individuals ages 12 to 15, per the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group.
Hy-Vee has been offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to individuals 16 and older for several weeks.
Minors must have parental or guardian consent in order to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
Hy-Vee asks that a parent or guardian accompany minors to both their first and second dose COVID-19 vaccinations.
Individuals can walk in to receive the vaccine, or make an appointment in advance online.

For those who prefer to make a vaccine appointment in advance, they can visit www.hy-vee.com/covidvaccine, select “Find Appointments” and complete the digital vaccine informed consent form and appointment selection.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or Medicare Part B coverage.

 

 

HURDLAND TEEN INJURED IN KNOX COUNTY ROLLOVER CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri teen was injured in a rollover crash in Knox County.

The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday on Highway 6, one mile east of Edina.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Aaron Herron, 18, of Hurdland, Missouri, was travelling west on Highway 6, when the car has was driving ran off the right side of the roadway, struck a bridge and overturn.

Herron received minor injuries.

He was later transported by Knox County EMS to Scotland County hospital to be checked out.
The car was a total loss.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR DROPS PLANNED MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has dropped plans to expand the state's Medicaid program after the Legislature declined to provide money for a measure approved by voters.
The Republican governor said Thursday that his administration has withdrawn an expansion plan that had been submitted to federal officials.
Parson said he cannot proceed with it because the $35 billion budget approved by the Republican-led Legislature did not approve his funding proposal for the expansion.
The decision is likely to trigger a lawsuit from supporters of Medicaid expansion.
Voters last November approved a ballot measure expanding eligibility to low-income adults.

 




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May 13, 2021

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOLD COVID VACCINE CLINIC THURSDAY

 

The Macon County Health Department will be holding a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Thursday, May 13.
The clinic will be held at the health department office.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be provided.
It is a one-shot vaccine that helps protect against COVID-19, serious illness and hospitalization associated with COVID-19.
The vaccine is available for adults age 18 and up.
To schedule an appointment, call 660-395-4711.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE PASSES BILL TO LIMIT POLICE CHOKEHOLDS

 

The Missouri Senate has voted to limit when police can use chokeholds.
The bill's 31-2 bipartisan passage Wednesday in the GOP-led Senate represents a rare step by state lawmakers to take action in response to police violence.
Little has been done by Missouri's Republican Legislature since a white Ferguson police officer fatally shot unarmed Black 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014.
Suburban St. Louis Sen. Brian Williams this year proposed banning police chokeholds following George Floyd's death.
The bill was pared back to only allow police to use chokeholds in self-defense if they or someone else are in serious danger.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS PASS LEGISLATION LIMITING LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS

 

Missouri lawmakers have passed legislation seeking to limit local public health orders that have imposed restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic.
The bill given final approval Wednesday would limit orders restricting businesses, churches, schools or gatherings to 30 days, unless extended by the local governing body.
The bill was prompted by outrage over long-lasting restrictions in St. Louis County and some other places.
St. Louis County relaxed some restrictions but still requires social distancing and face masks inside businesses.
Lawmakers also are nearing final approval on legislation that would let businesses affected by restrictions to seek property tax breaks.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES GAS TAX INCREASE

 

Republican lawmakers in Missouri have passed a bill to raise the gas tax for the first time in decades.
The GOP-led House on Tuesday voted 104-52 to gradually raise Missouri's 17-cent gas tax to pay for road and bridge maintenance.
If signed by Republican Gov. Mike Parson, the measure would raise the tax by 2.5 cents a year until it hits 29.5 cents per gallon in 2025.
Drivers could get a refund if they save their gas receipts.
Some GOP lawmakers argued the tax hike will impact poor families the most.

 




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May 12, 2021

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES END TO FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS JUNE 12

 

Gov. Mike Parson says he's cutting off all federal pandemic unemployment benefits to Missourians.
Parson on Tuesday announced those federal benefits will end June 12.

The Republican governor says there's a labor shortage.
He hopes cutting off extra unemployment aid will push people to work.
At least four other states are also ending the $300 federal benefit that is on top of state benefits.
Those states are Arkansas, Mississippi, Montana and South Carolina.
Labor experts say the shortage can also be attributed to people reluctant to work because they fear catching the virus.

 

 

CYBER TIP LEADS TO CHILD PORN ARREST IN KIRKSVILLE

 

A cyber tip about child pornography being uploaded to a cell phone in Kirksville in July 2020 led police to a house in the 500 block of East Cottonwood Street.

The investigation, which included a search warrant for the home, eventually led to the arrest of Christopher J. Thomas, 26, of Kirksville.

Thomas was arrested on May 5, 2021. He is now charged with three felony counts of possession of child pornography.

Police said he had two videos and more than 350 photos depicting child porn.

The suspect was being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center, but he is now free after posting 10% of his $75,000 bond.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS IN NO HURRY TO SPEND $2.7 BILLION OF CORONAVIRUS RELIEF

 

Missouri will get nearly $2.7 billion of flexible federal aid under President Joe Biden's coronavirus relief act, but the state isn't in any rush to spend it.
The U.S. Treasury Department released guidelines Monday for how states can use the money.

States that apply quickly could get at least part of their share this month.
The 2022 state budget passed by lawmakers last week doesn't include the new flexible federal funds.
A spokeswoman for Gov. Mike Parson says the administration will present a plan next year to lawmakers for how to spend the money.

 

 

SULLIVAN COUNTY CRASH INJURES FOUR INCLUDING AN INFANT

 

A single-vehicle crash in Sullivan County injured four people, with a months-old infant being among those seriously injured.

The crash happened last Friday, around 8:45 p.m. on Highway 139, five miles south of Humphreys.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say an SUV driven by David Knotts, 33, with a woman and two infants inside, all of Versailles, was heading northbound, when it traveled off the left side of the highway and overturned, ejecting the driver.

The SUV then came to rest on its wheels, off the roadway.

Knotts was seriously injured and taken to Truman Medical Center for treatment.

A male infant, just months-old, was also seriously injured, and taken to University Hospital in Columbia.

Jennifer Knotts, 34, received moderate injuries in the crash, and a one-year-old infant also sustained minor injuries.

They were both taken to Sullivan County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

There's no word on what caused Knotts to run off the roadway.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

 

 




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May 11, 2021

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES COVID VACCINE CLINIC TUESDAY

 

The Macon County Health Department is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday, May 11.

Both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines will be available by appointment.
Vaccines are available for all adults ages 18 and up.
Moderna is a two-shot series and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen is a one-shot vaccine.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Macon County Health Department website.

To schedule an appointment, call 660-395-4711.

 

 

SCOTLAND COUNTY MAN ACCUSED OF VIOLATING AN ORDER OF PROTECTION

 

A northeast Missouri suspect is accused of purposely disturbing a woman multiple times and violating an ex-parte order of protection.

Chad Peterson, 44, of Gorin, Missouri, is now charged with first-degree stalking - first offense.

According to court documents, Peterson wrote two letters to the woman, sent flowers to her workplace and messaged her multiple times via text, Snapchat and Facebook Messenger.

Investigators say Peterson also had a GPS tracker put on the victim's car.

The court documents say the letters sent to the woman do not contain any threats, but they talk about Peterson's love for her.

Peterson is being held in Scotland County Jail.

 

 

COLUMIBA POLICE INVESTIGATING ABDUCTION

 

At approximately 11:47 a.m. on Monday, May 10, Columbia Police responded to a report of an abduction that occurred near Scott Boulevard and Chapel Hill Road. 

Reports from Boone County Joint Communications indicated that a female was crossing Scott Boulevard when a Black male with dreads tied up reportedly forced the female into a gray SUV. 

Officers canvassed the area and were not able to locate the suspect or his vehicle.

The alleged victim was described as a Black female in her mid-20s to 30s wearing a black jacket and pink hat. 

The vehicle was last seen traveling southbound on Scott Boulevard. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

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

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO WEEKEND ROBBERY REPORT

 

At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, Columbia Police responded to a report of a robbery that occurred at Petro Mart, 500 N. College. 

Upon arrival, an employee stated that a male suspect entered the business and demanded money. The employee complied, handing the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Witnesses described the suspect as a Black male with short hair in his late 30s to early 40s, approximately 5`10, with a skinny build wearing a pull-over, black sweatpants and a black gaiter mask. 

The suspect was last seen traveling north toward Fay Street. No injuries were reported at the time of this incident.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by the Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. More information may become available at a later time.

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

 

 

 




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May 10, 2021

 

SUV CRASHES INTO APARTMENT COMPLEX IN KIRKSVILLE

 

Local emergency crews rushed to a Kirksville apartment complex Sunday night, after an SUV slammed into the side of the building.

It happened just before 8:00 p.m. at Kirksville Gardens in the 1500 block of South Jamison Street.

Master Police Officer Bill Puryear told KTVO the driver of the SUV was 29-year-old Jarryd Bassett, a resident of the apartment complex.

Bassett, who lives in the apartment above where his vehicle hit the building, told police he had been having trouble with his transmission.

Puryear said Bassett claims when he started the SUV, the engine revved up and the vehicle suddenly surged forward, striking the building.

No one was hurt in the incident.

As far as the tenants in the apartment that was damaged, the manager of the complex is going to make arrangements for them to stay in a hotel for a few days.

No citations have been issued at this time, but police said they will be consulting with the prosecutor.

 

 

HUNTER ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTS HIKER IN EASTERN MISSOURI

 

Authorities said a hiker was accidentally shot by a turkey hunter in the St. Louis area on Saturday.

St. Charles County Police Department spokeswoman Val Joyner said the shooting appears to be "a really bad accident."

The shooting happened around 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the Lewis and Clark Trail in the Weldon Spring Conservation Area near Highway 94.

The male hiker was taken to a hospital after the shooting, but his condition wasn't immediately available.

Joyner said the hunter cooperated with police as they helped the Missouri Department of Conservation investigate the shooting.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS APPROVE NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET WITHOUT MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

Missouri lawmakers have approved a $35 billion budget for next that includes no funding for a Medicaid expansion approved by voters.
House and Senate members gave final approval Friday to the spending plan just hours ahead of a constitutional deadline.
The budget increases funding for public schools, universities, hospitals and nursing homes.
Republicans said it also includes more money for the current Medicaid program -- but not to expand coverage to thousands of low-income adults as laid forth in a 2020 constitutional amendment.
Gov. Mike Parson's administration said it evaluate its legal requirements on what to do next regarding the Medicaid expansion.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES BILL THAT ALLOWS FOR COLLEGE ATHLETES TO PROFIT FROM LIKENESS

 

The GOP-led Missouri House has passed a bill that would ensure colleges don't stand in the way of athletes making money off their stardom.
House members voted to add the provision to another bill Thursday.
The measure would clear a path for student athletes to earn money for their names, images and likeness.
The NCAA has prevented athletes from cashing in on their skills and fame.
Republican Rep. Nick Schroer says that's unfair and puts limits on capitalism.
Republican House Speaker Rob Vescovo says athletes already are getting scholarships and shouldn't be allowed to get endorsement deals, too.

 




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May 7, 2021

 

BROOKFIELD MAN SENTENCED TO AT LEAST 15 YEARS IN PRISON

 

A Brookfield man who led officers on a multi-county chase last year has been sentenced to at least 15 years in prison.

According to Linn County Prosecuting Attorney Shiante McMahon, Matthew Guilford of Brookfield was officially sentenced to 15 years in prison on May 4th for Second Degree Drug Trafficking charges. In February of 2020, Guilford led officers on a chase through Livingston, Carroll, and Saline Counties ultimately resulting in his arrest. Guilford was also placed on probation with a10 year suspended sentence for resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

 

 

MACON MAN AND CHILD INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri man and child were injured in an ATV accident in Macon County.

The accident happened on Lexington Place, about four miles southeast of the city of Macon, around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Rodney Fraley, 75, of Macon, was riding the ATV with a 3-year-old girl, when he suddenly lost his balance and fell off the ATV, and the child fell with him.

Missouri State troopers say Fraley was seriously injured, and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

The young girl received minor injuries as well.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol was assisted by the Macon County Sheriff's Department, Macon County Ambulance, and Macon County Fire and Rescue in working the incident.

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUCES SCALING BACK OF NATIONAL GUARD’S INVOLVEMENT IN VACCINE CLINICS

 

Gov. Mike Parson announced Thursday the Missouri National Guard has begun scaling back its assistance with mass vaccination sites across the state.

A news release from Parson's office cited a significant decrease in demand for the vaccine as the primary reason for the withdrawal.

“We are in a far different situation today than we were just a couple months ago," Parson said in the release. “Missouri is in a good place on the vaccine front, and that is thanks in large part to the tireless efforts of our National Guard members to get vaccines into the arms of Missourians. We couldn't be more thankful for the hard work of these dedicated men and women over the past several months.”

According to the release, there are no plans to cancel state-supported vaccine events through the month of May. Operation of those sites will begin to shift, however, and Parson's office said it expects a full withdrawal of the National Guard by June 1. Groups such as FEMA, the Missouri Disaster Medical Assistance Team and other local groups will continue to assist with sites previously operated by the National Guard.

Officials said SEMA will also still supply PPE for local events and will provide volunteers for local events.

State officials are continuing to work with vaccinator sites across Missouri "to promote more convenience-driven vaccine options for Missourians like walk-up availability and extended hours of operation."

The governor's office cited data that shows 80 percent of Missourians live within a five-mile radius of a vaccination site.

“Vaccines are readily available all across the state, and Missourians can often walk right into their local pharmacy and receive a shot," Parson said in the release. "With universal vaccine availability and decreased interest at our mass vaccination events, scaling back our state-supported teams is the right decision for the most efficient use of our resources."

According to the state's dashboard, more than 4 million doses of the vaccine have been administered in Missouri. Around 2.4 million Missourians have received at least one dose, and more than 1.8 million are fully vaccinated.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS VOTE TO ELEVATE STATUS OF NATIONAL GUARD

 

Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would make the Missouri National Guard its own department within state government.
The bill passed Wednesday by the House now goes to Gov. Mike Parson.
It previously passed the Senate.
The National Guard currently is part of the state Department of Public Safety, which also oversees the State Highway Patrol, the State Emergency Management Agency, the state's fire safety office, alcohol and tobacco regulators and other programs.
Some legislators have tried for several years to carve out the National Guard into its own department.

 




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May 6, 2021

 

NEW INFORMATION RELEASED ABOUT KIRKSVILLE SUBSTITUTE REMOVED FROM CAMPUS

 

KTVO provided exclusive new information about that local substitute teacher removed from the Kirksville R-3 campus on Tuesday afternoon.

The school district posted a vague statement Tuesday saying that police were called to Kirksville High School after the sub was caught taking pictures during class.

Police told KTVO on Wednesday the teacher is a 27-year-old white male from Kirksville. His name is not being released because no charges have been filed yet.

On Wednesday morning, KTVO chatted via text message with the high school senior who recorded video of the substitute teacher taking photos of female students during a 6th-hour Strength and Conditioning Class.

The senior did not want us to use his real name so we will call him Joe.

Joe said the teacher "was taking pictures of girls when they bent over to do squats or pick something up."

Joe said students who had classes with the same teacher earlier in the day had seen the teacher taking photos of female students with his cell phone.

"We were told to watch for it, and when we saw it happening, we knew what to do," Joe said. "We had to catch him in the act. So, that's what I did."

Joe told KTVO the teacher was trying to be discreet with it, but they could tell what was happening.

“When anyone got close to him, he would put his phone under his arm and would make sure no one could see it,” Joe said.

The student told us other male students in his class blocked Joe from the teacher’s sight so he couldn't see Joe recording.

After class was over, Joe took his video straight to school administrators, who then called police.

The teacher was later escorted from school premises.

Detective Steve Feeney told KTVO police retrieved the video from Joe’s cell phone and took the teacher’s phone to collect evidence.

Feeney said it is an on ongoing investigation, and police are reviewing the case to determine what charges they might pursue.

The school district said the substitute teacher will never work anywhere in the district in the future.

"The girls were really scared,” Joe said. “So glad he won't be back, ever."

 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR DIRECTS STATE WORKERS TO RETURN ON MAY 17

 

On Wednesday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson directed all state workers to return to their offices for in-person work no later than Monday, May 17, 2021, and that all state buildings be open and accessible to the public during normal business hours.

 

“Since the start of COVID-19, our state team members have gone above and beyond to keep state government running and continue providing quality public service to Missourians,” Gov. Parson said. “Thanks in large part to their efforts, Missouri is in a strong position, and we continue to move forward each day.”

“With COVID-19 vaccines now readily available across the state and virus activity at its lowest levels since early days of the pandemic, we are confident that it is safe to return to pre-COVID-19 work settings and schedules,” Gov. Parson added.

 

COVID-19 screening and testing protocols will remain in place, and all employees are encouraged to consider getting vaccinated. Vaccines are available to all state employees. Team members can use vaccinefinder.org to find available vaccinators in their area. While there will be no statewide mandates, state team members are encouraged to practice COVID-19 preventative measures.

“As public servants in state government, it is important that we maintain a front-facing presence for those we serve, and it’s time we take this step towards normalcy for ourselves and the people of Missouri,” Governor Parson said.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES BILLE TO CRACK DOWN ON HIGHWAY PROTESTS

 

The Missouri House has passed legislation to crack down on protesters who block roadways.
The Republican-led House voted 98-50 to pass the bill.
The legislation would make repeatedly blocking traffic a felony.
The tactic is often used to draw attention to racial injustice.
Protesters angered by the death of George Floyd blocked traffic on Interstate 70 in the St. Louis area last summer.
The House also amended the bill to cram in provisions from dozens of other loosely related bills.
The number of changes made to the Senate bill likely means negotiators will pare it back in the final version.

 




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May 5, 2021

 

KIRKSVILLE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER REMOVED FROM HIGH SCHOOL

 

A local substitute teacher could be facing legal trouble.

The Kirksville R-3 School District said Tuesday in a post on its website that at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday, administrators were made aware of a situation involving a substitute teacher at Kirksville High School taking pictures during a class.

During the course of the investigation, which included local law enforcement, the district took steps to remove the substitute from campus.

The fill-in teacher has been banned from all future opportunities to work anywhere in the district.

The school's post said law enforcement will remain in charge of any further legal actions.

 

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN INJURED IN MACON COUNTY CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri woman was flown to the hospital after a rollover crash in Macon County over the weekend.

The crash happened Sunday around 3:30 p.m. on Missouri Highway 156, 3.5 miles west of La Plata.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say Sara Plank, 23, of Kirksville, was travelling along the highway when the car she was driving ran off the right side of the road and then returned back to the road.

After overcorrecting, the car then traveled off the left side of the road, and overturned, ejecting Plank.

Plank received serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to University of Missouri Hospital.

It's unclear what caused plank to run off the roadway.

 

 

MISSOURI STATE LEGISLATURE APPROVES BILL ALLOWING FOR LIFELONG RESTRAINING ORDERS

 

Judges could issue lifelong restraining orders that also cover pets under a bill passed by the Missouri Legislature.
Senators on Monday voted 31-0 to send the bill to Gov. Mike Parson.
Currently, orders of protection are limited to at most one year.
After that, victims have to go back to court to get an extension.
Under the bill, judges have the option to grant restraining orders for longer lengths of time depending on the potential threat.
The orders could be automatically renewed.
The measure also would allow restraining orders to cover people's pets.

 

 

NEWLY INTRODUCED HOUSE BILL WOULD EXPAND WIC PROGRAM TO FARMERS MARKETS

 

A Missouri state lawmaker is working to expand a program so mothers in the Women-Infant-Children's Nutrition Program are able to shop at farmers' markets.

House Bill 652, sponsored by Columbia Democratic Representative Martha Stevens, would expand the program that already allows low-income Missouri seniors to use food stamp vouchers at farmers' markets.

Taylor Cleveland, manager of Lincoln University Farmer's Market said the opportunity would provide recipients with more options for nutrient-rich foods. She said local farmers work hard to make certain their products are safe and healthy.

"They don't grow organically, they try really hard not to use pesticides or herbicides and it's very much so a health-conscious market, especially with COVID, and we've had a huge increase in customers and they are all looking for local fresh."

If passed, the Missouri Department of Agriculture will work to secure eligible farmers and farmer's markets.

 

 




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May 4, 2021

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED ON RANDOLPH COUNTY WARRANT

 

A northeast Missouri man wanted on an existing warrant in Randolph County now faces new charges, after a struggle with Moberly Police officers, as they tried to take him into custody Saturday night.

According to the Moberly Police Department, an officer spotted Israel Lockett walking in the 200 Block of South Morley Street around 10:45 p.m. Saturday.

Lockett was wanted on an existing Randolph County warrant for failure to appear on the original charges of attempting to disarm a police officer and assault on a police officer.

As officers tried to arrest Lockett, he tried to evade them on foot toward a nearby residence.

Officers eventually caught up to him and he continued to resist arrest.

Lockett was taken to the ground, where he continued to fight with officers until he was ultimately placed into custody without any further incident.

He was arrested for his existing warrant, as well as new charges related to felony resisting arrest.

Lockett was taken to the Randolph County Justice Center

 

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOLD COVID VACCINE CLINIC TUESDAY

 

The Macon County Health Department will be having a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Tuesday, May 4, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Vaccinations will be provided by appointment at the health department office and are free to anyone age 18 and over.

Call 660-395-4711 to schedule your appointment.

Health department staff can also go businesses to give vaccinations.

If you are a business owner and are interested in having them come to your business, call the health department office about setting up a time.

 

 

UNIONVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF THREATENING WOMAN WITH SWORD

 

A northeast Missouri man is accused of threatening a woman with a samurai sword.

Police say the incident happened late Saturday morning at a trailer court on South 22nd Street in Unionville, Missouri.

The investigation led to the arrest of Mark McCree, 30, of Unionville.

He is now charged with armed criminal action and second-degree domestic assault.

According to court documents, when police arrived at McCree's home, he was not there, but the victim was.

The officer said there were miscellaneous broken items strung around the home as well as holes in the wall.

The woman had a noticeable cut on the outside edge of her hand.

She told police that McCree was in a bad mood and started yelling at her and throwing items around the house.

The woman said someone then knocked on the door, and she stated, “I hope it’s the cops.”

She said McCree then picked up a samurai sword and pointed it at her chest and said, "You want me in jail, then you can die."

The victim said she grabbed the blade to move it away from her chest, and McCree pulled the sword away, causing the cut on her hand.

The suspect then dropped the sword and left the residence on foot.

He was arrested a few minutes later by a Putnam County sheriff's deputy.

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

 

 

BOONE COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THREE COVID VACCINE CLINICS THIS WEEK

 

To continue making the COVID-19 vaccine accessible to everyone, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services will hold community vaccination clinics in Sturgeon, Harrisburg and Hallsville during the week of May 3.

Sturgeon
Sturgeon Youth Center
209 S. Turner St., Sturgeon MO 65284
Tuesday, May 4
3 to 6 p.m.
The second dose will be administered at the same place and same time on Tuesday, May 25.

Harrisburg
Harrisburg Lion’s Club
120 E. Sexton St., Harrisburg, MO 65256
Wednesday, May 5
3 to 6 p.m.
The second dose will be administered at the same place and same time on Wednesday, May 26.

Hallsville
Hallsville Community Center
324 E. Highway OO, Hallsville, MO 65255
Thursday, May 6
3:30-6:30 p.m.
The second dose will be administered at the same place and same time on Thursday, May 27.

These clinics will be for walk-ins and no appointments are required. The three community clinics will administer Pfizer so anyone aged 16 and older is eligible. A parental consent form is required for individuals aged 16 and 17. The vaccination is free and health insurance is not required.

 




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May 3, 2021

 

GREENTOP MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEEKEND UTV CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri man is recovering after a weekend UTV crash.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash happened at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, on Buck Creek Road, south of Peacock Road, in Adair County.

Troopers say Keith Neff, 59, of Greentop, was traveling southbound in a UTV and drove off the right side of the road.

As a result, the vehicle overturned in a ditch.

Neff was transported by medical helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.

 

 

TWO INJURED IN FRIDAY CRASH ON HIGHWAY 63

 

A crash on Highway 63 in Kirksville sent two people to the hospital.

Just after 3 p.m. Friday, local first responders received a call about a wreck at the intersection of Highway 63 and Highway 11 North.

A car driven by Michael Nerini from Macon County, Missouri, and a minivan driven by Linda Boultinghouse of Greentop, Missouri, collided at the intersection, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

Police on the scene told KTVO Nerini and Boultinghouse were both transported to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries.

Officers said the van was attempting to make a turn at the intersection, and it struck the car.

 

 

MISSOURI STRUGGLES TO REPORT COVID CASES AMONG THE VACCINATED

 

Missouri has reported just 14 breakthrough COVID-19 cases among people who are fully vaccinated to federal health officials, even though dozens more have been detected in just the state's largest county.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked states at the start of this month to instruct local health departments and health systems to collect real-time information on "breakthrough infections."
States are to collect the data and enter it into a national database.
By mid April, when the CDC announced its first tally of breakthrough infections, it caught a disease investigator for the St. Louis County Department of Public Health by surprise.

 

 

COLUMBIA OFFICIALS TO HOLD COMMUNITY BRIEFING MONDAY

 

A community briefing will be held Monday, May 3 at 3 p.m. to provide information about the current state of COVID-19 cases and the future of the Health Orders in Columbia and Boone County. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning will be speaking.
The briefing will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway. Members of the media are invited to attend. Social distancing measures will be in place. Masks are required. Due to social distancing measures and limited capacity in the Council Chambers, the public is strongly encouraged to view the briefing via livestream or via local media broadcasts. 
The briefing will be livestreamed for the public at 
http://gocolumbiamo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=65422f1d-3cac-496e-a46b-91c619f7f894 and will begin five minutes before 3 p.m. and broadcast live on Spectrum 992, Mediacom 80 and CenturyLink 96.

 




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April 30, 2021

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY WOMAN CHARGED WITH THREATENING PROSECUTING ATTORNEY

 

A northeast Missouri woman with a criminal past is now accused of threatening bodily harm against the Schuyler County prosecuting attorney.

Amanda Ayer, 37, of Lancaster, Missouri, is charged with one felony count of tampering with a judicial officer.

According to court documents, the threat was made during a recorded jailhouse phone call on March 31, 2021.

The conversation was between Ayer and her son, Darian Mullin, an inmate at the Schuyler County Jail.

Investigators report that Ayer stated during that call that she hated Schuyler County Prosecutor Lindsay Gravett and was "going to end up hurting" her.

Court papers state that during a second phone call a few minutes later, Ayers’ nasty remarks about Gravett continued.

Sheriff Joe Wuebker said Ayer and Mullin were obviously upset that Gravett opposed Mullin getting out of jail.

After learning of the phone conversations, Wuebker started an investigation and listened to the recordings.

Investigators said Gravett took extra safety measures to protect herself due to the threat.

A few days after the phone calls between Ayer and her son, Gravett reported to the sheriff that Ayer had driven past her house at least three times.

Law enforcement later arrested Ayer.

She is now being held on $50,000 cash-only bond.

 

 

CALLAO MAN INJURED IN MACON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

 A man is recovering in the hospital , after being seriously hurt in a Macon County crash.

The accident happened Wednesday night, just after 11 p.m., on Highway 36, one mile west of Bevier.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kade Shaver, 20, of Callao, was travelling eastbound in a pickup truck, when he ran off the north side of the roadway, and struck a tree.

Shaver sustained serious injuries in the crash, and was taken to University of Missouri Hospital, by ambulance.

No word on what caused Shaver to run off the road.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE ADVACES BILL LIMITING COVID RELATED LAWSUITS

 

The Missouri House is advancing a bill to limit pandemic-related lawsuits.
The GOP-led House gave the proposal initial approval in a voice vote Thursday.
Under the bill, businesses and private property owners couldn't be sued unless they intentionally expose people to a contagious illness and people get sick.
The bill would prevent government interference with businesses or other privately owned properties unless there's a major infectious disease outbreak, and governments couldn't order someone to quarantine unless they're infected.
Limiting COVID-19 lawsuits is a top priority for Republican Gov. Mike Parson.
Lawmakers only have until mid-May to pass the bill.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE OFFICIALLY VOTES AGAINST MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

The Missouri Senate has voted against paying for Medicaid expansion.
Senators on Wednesday voted 20-14 against a proposal to add the funding to the state budget.
The vote locks in the House's decision not to pay for Medicaid expansion.
Missouri voters last year voted to expand who is eligible for government health care coverage to thousands more low-income adults.
The Republican-led Legislature has long opposed growing the program.
Now they're trying to thwart expansion by blocking funding for it.
If lawmakers send the governor a budget without paying for the program, it likely will set up a court battle.

 




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April 29, 2021

 

CDC UPDATES COVID-19 GUIDANCE FOR FULLY VACCINATED ADULTS

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated mask guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An individual is fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The new recommendations apply only to fully vaccinated individuals. Those who are not fully vaccinated, as well as anyone fully vaccinated while taking medications that weaken the immune system, should continue to adhere to all previous recommendations regarding masking and social distancing.

According to the CDC, fully vaccinated individuals may now do the following:

 

 

The CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people continue to practice precautions in other situations:

Continue wearing a snugly fitted mask in indoor public settings, while indoors with unvaccinated adults and children from more than one household, and when visiting indoors with an unvaccinated person at increased risk for severe illness.

Avoid large indoor gatherings.

Protect yourself while traveling by wearing a mask, practicing good hand hygiene, and maintaining social distance when possible.

If you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, immediately quarantine, and get tested.

Continue to follow guidance at your workplace and while visiting public places.

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing the disease, especially severe illness and death from it. However, there are several issues undetermined about vaccines:

How effective they are against COVID-19 variants

How long they protect people against COVID-19

How effective they are at keeping vaccinated people from spreading the disease

How well they protect people with weakened immune systems and those taking medications that suppress immunity

Comprehensive information regarding the updated guidelines for vaccinated people is available on the CDC website.

 

 

HY-VEE PHARMACY NOW OFFERING FREE COVID VACCINES WITHOUT APPOINTMENTS

 

On Wednesday, Hy-Vee, Inc. announced that all Hy-Vee pharmacy locations will now offer free COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment necessary to provide the option to walk in and receive the vaccine when it’s convenient.

For those who prefer to make a vaccine appointment in advance, that option is still available by visiting www.hy-vee.com/covidvaccine, selecting “Find Appointments” and completing the digital vaccine informed consent form and appointment selection.
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone, regardless of whether they have insurance or Medicare Part B coverage.

 

 

BILL DISCOURAGING COVID RELATED LAWSUITS HITS ROADBLOCK

 

A Missouri bill to shield businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits has hit a major roadblock in the Legislature.
A House committee voted the bill down Monday.
The measure was meant to protect hospitals, manufacturers and other businesses from lawsuits over alleged wrongdoing during the pandemic.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson says the bill is a top priority for him.
The measure passed the GOP-led Senate before it failed to pass out of the House committee.
It's still possible for the proposal to pass before lawmakers' May 14 deadline, but the failure in the House committee isn't a good sign.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE TABLES BILL OPPOSING FEDERAL GUN LAWS

 

The Missouri Senate has tabled a bill to invalidate federal gun laws after pushback from Democrats who said the proposal would threaten partnerships between local and federal authorities.
The bill seeks to invalidate federal laws or other actions deemed to infringe on a person's Second Amendment right to bear arms, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Republican Sen. Eric Burlison, of Battlefield, said it would allow individuals to sue local police departments and governments if their action "knowingly deprives a citizen of Missouri of the rights or privileges ensured by" the Second Amendment.
Critics have said courts have ruled that federal laws cannot be nullified by the states.

 




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April 28, 2021

 

MEMPHIS, MISSOURI TEEN INJURED IN MONDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A teen was injured in a Scotland County crash Monday morning.

The crash happened around 9:20 a.m. on Highway 136, one mile west of Memphis.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say a 16-year-old male from Lancaster, Mo., was travelling eastbound in a small pickup, when the truck ran off the road and struck a utility pole.

The teen received minor injuries and sought his own treatment.

No word on what caused the teen to run off the road.

 

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOST COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC THURSDAY

 

The Macon County Health Department will be having a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Thursday, April 29 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Vaccinations will be provided by appointment and are free to anyone age 18 and over.

Call 660-395-4711 to schedule your appointment.

Health department staff can also go businesses to give vaccinations.

If you are are business owner and are interested in having them come to your business, call the health department office about setting up a time.

 

 

MISSOURI HOUSE COMMITTEE ENDORSES GAS TAX INCREASE

 

A Missouri House committee unanimously endorsed a proposal to increase the state's gasoline tax.
The House Transportation Committee's vote on Monday sends the measure to the full House, where some Republicans oppose raising taxes.
If it's approved, Missouri's gasoline tax would increase 12.5 cents over five years, resulting in a tax of 29.5 cents per gallon.
It would be the first increase since 1996.
House Speaker Rob Vescovo, a Republican from Arnold, has previously said he's against tax hikes.
The Senate approved the measure in March.
Supporters say the state needs the revenue to repair deteriorating infrastructure.

 

 

MISSOURI’S TOTAL COVID CASE NUMBER TOPS 500,000

 

The number of Missourians who have been infected with the coronavirus has now topped the half-million mark.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services on Tuesday cited 524 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 500,071.
The state also reported 37 new deaths, though 34 of those occurred between November and earlier this month and were uncovered in the state's weekly review of death certificates.
All told, 8,732 Missourians have died from the virus.

 




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April 27, 2021

 

LA PLATA MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING CRASH

 

An early Sunday morning crash ends with a northeast Missouri man being flown to the hospital via medical helicopter.

The crash around happened around 1 a.m. on Highway 63, one mile south of Atlanta, in Macon County.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say Tyler McHenry, 30, of La Plata, was travelling southbound on 63, when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a field entrance, became airborne and struck an embankment.

McHenry received serious injuries in the crash and was taken by ambulance to Samaritan Hospital in Macon. He was then transported by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia

There is no word on what caused McHenry's truck to run off the road.

The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

MULTIPLE PEOPLE INJURED IN RANDOLPH COUNTY CRASH

 

Multiple people, including pedestrians, were seriously injured after a two-vehicle crash in Randolph County Sunday night.

The crash happened just after 10 p.m. on Highway 63, two miles south of Moberly.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by Bianna Pettis, 20, of Memphis, Tennessee, was stalled in the northbound passing lane after hitting a deer, when another vehicle, driven by Marin Tadrus, 18, of Moberly, hit Pettis' vehicle from behind, causing the vehicle to collide with Pettis, and three other pedestrians that were standing in the nearby median.

All involved in the crash received moderate to severe injuries.

Pettis was transported by air evac to University Hospital in Columbia.

Tadrus, Kayla Langley, 20, Sonya Freels, 57, both of Moberly, and Shannon Lise, 20 of Brandon, Florida, were all taken by ambulance to to University Hospital.

The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

MDC FINDS 44 NEW CASES OF CWD IN MISSOURI

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has completed its monitoring, management and testing efforts for its 2020-2021 chronic wasting disease (CWD) surveillance year.
MDC reports it collected more than 15,300 tissue samples from mostly hunter-harvested deer for testing.
There were 44 new confirmed cases of CWD from the deer tested.

The new findings bring the total number of CWD cases in the state to 206.
MDC has tested more than 152,300 deer since the first cases of CWD were found in free-ranging deer in Missouri in 2012.

Of the 44 new cases, two were found in Putnam County and one in Pulaski County, both of which had no previously known cases of CWD.

The 44 new cases of CWD were found in the following counties:

 


One confirmed case came from a deer in Ste. Genevieve County that was found exhibiting signs of CWD infection. The sick deer was observed by several people and MDC was notified. The deer was humanely shot by MDC staff and a tissue sample was submitted for CWD testing. MDC staff properly disposed of the carcass.

It typically takes an average 18-24 months from the time a deer is infected with CWD until it looks visibly sick. Deer can spread CWD long before they look or act sick. In Missouri, most deer that test CWD-positive do not show signs of the disease. Deer showing signs of CWD may present a variety of symptoms, including dramatic weight loss, abnormal behavior, and excessive thirst, drooling, or urination.

MDC Wildlife Health Program Supervisor Jasmine Batten noted that the 15,300 deer tested during the past season decreased significantly from the year before due to the effects of COVID-19 on MDC’s surveillance efforts.

 

“We tested about 16,000 fewer deer last season compared to the 2019-2020 testing period,” Batten said. “The lower number of deer tested this season was mostly due to MDC suspending our mandatory sampling requirements during the opening weekend due to concerns about human health and safety related to the COVDID-19 pandemic. Thankfully, the hard work of taxidermists and meat processors who provided samples and the hunters who voluntarily had their deer sampled at a variety of locations allowed us to still adequately monitor and detect CWD throughout the state.”

 

MDC wants to thank the thousands of hunters who brought their harvested deer to MDC locations for CWD sampling and testing. MDC also thanks the more than 150 partnering taxidermists and meat processors throughout the state who sampled over 9,300 hunter-harvested deer this year for CWD testing.

MDC also thanks the more than 1,500 landowners in areas where CWD has been found who voluntarily signed up to participate in MDC’s post-deer season CWD management efforts. Cooperatively, landowners and MDC staff in these areas harvested an additional 2,713 deer after the close of the deer season, removing an additional 18 CWD-positive deer.

All deer harvested through the post-deer season CWD management efforts that did not test positive for CWD were either returned to the landowner or donated to local food pantries through the Share the Harvest venison-donation program. More than 80,000 pounds of venison were donated to Share the Harvest from last season’s efforts.

According to MDC, post-deer season targeted culling efforts can help decrease CWD transmission by reducing the number of potentially infected deer within areas where the disease has been detected. Long-term, sustained, targeted culling has been shown to slow the spread of CWD, and MDC is committed to using this management tool to protect the state’s deer herd from the effects of CWD.

CWD is a deadly disease in white-tailed deer and other members of the deer family. The purpose of MDC’s CWD sampling efforts is to find cases as early as possible so the Department can limit the spread of the disease by implementing management actions such as targeted culling. For more information on MDC’s 2020-2021 CWD surveillance results, visit mdc.mo.gov/cwd under CWD Surveillance.

 

 

AREA SECOND GRADERS FIND B.B. WOLF GUILTY IN THREE MOCK TRIALS

 

Second grade students at Brookfield, Bucklin, and Linn County Schools took part in a mock trial as jurors Friday as part of National Crime Victims Rights Week last week.  Three trials, one at Linn County R-1 for the Linn County and Bucklin students and two others at Brookfield R-3 for the Brookfield students, were held Friday. The two trials of the Land of Far Far Away vs. B.B. Wolf at Brookfield resulted in the jury of second graders finding B.B. Wolf guilty of property damage and attempting to eat the Three Little Pigs. Linn County Associate Circuit Judge William Devoy presided over the trial and confirmed both guilty verdicts. The third trial at Linn County resulted in the jury finding B.B. Wolf not guilty. Ninth Circuit Presiding Judge Terry Tschannen, however, declared a mistrial. Linn County Prosecuting Attorney Shiante McMahon thanked the faculty at all of the schools, the judges, and the participating characters in the trials, made up of school employees and representatives from the Brookfield Police Department and Linn County Sheriff’s Office.

 




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April 26, 2021

 

UNIONVILLE MAN KILLED IN PUTNAM COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A single-vehicle accident claimed the life of a northeast Missouri man early Saturday morning.

The crash happened at 4:35 a.m. Saturday on U.S. 136, 12 miles west of Unionville, Mo.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Max Kenworthy, 21, of Unionville, was traveling eastbound when the vehicle ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected and overturned.

Kenworthy was ejected from the vehicle.

He was pronounced dead at the scene by Putnam County coroner Anna Fleshman.

 

 

MISSOURI OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE THE STATE WILL RESUME JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE

 

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services announced Friday vaccinators throughout the state will resume using the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The decision comes 10 days after the CDC announced a nationwide pause on the shot due to a small number of people reporting a rare and severe type of blood clot caused by the vaccine.

The FDA and CDC made the decision to lift the pause after the CDC studied the vaccine and concluded the "known and potential benefits" of the single shot vaccine "outweigh its known and potential risks."

Missouri vaccinators can resume use of the Johnson & Johnson shot immediately. Just over 105,000 doses of the shot were administered in the state before the temporary hold. No cases of the clots were reported in Missouri.

Even though the side effects are rare, both the FDA and CDC recommend people who develop "severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks" of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine should immediately contact a health care provider.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKERS DIVIDED OVER PERSONAL PROPERTY LAW PROPOSAL

 

A law proposed by state lawmakers in Missouri is expected to cost an estimated $1.7 billion in revenue.

The proposal would give voters the option to stop the collection of personal property taxes in Missouri.

Items in this tax include vehicles, livestock, machinery and office equipment.

But, some lawmakers like Missouri State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin say that the lost revenue would be too much and would hurt rural communities.

 

"A lot of things that it is paying for, our schools, our nursing homes, our emergency services," said State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin. "So, no one from the state Legislature level is going to come in and give us money to replace that loss, so there's no way I'm voting for it."

 

The bill already failed in the Senate earlier this year, but the house has reintroduced it and will vote on it before the end of the legislative year.

 

 

MISSOURI LAWMAKER SAYS UNEMPLOYMENT HELP MAY NOT BE HELPING

 

With COVID-19 putting millions of Americans out of work, some have had a hard time getting back on their feet.

However, some lawmakers believe the reason that the unemployment rate is going up is not due to there not being jobs, but that they are making more money from staying at home, than at their original jobs.

With Republicans like Missouri State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin saying that the aid is hurting the economy, not helping it.

 

"They're not very good at getting things done, but one thing they can do is keep you from getting it done and I think that's what happening here," said Missouri State Senator Cindy O'Laughlin. "In the name of helping people, we're destroying our economy of our businesses by keeping people from coming in and working. "

 

According to the Department of Labor, Missouri’s unemployment rate currently sits at 4.2%, which is under the 6 percent reported at the end of March.

 

 




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April 23, 2021

 

TWO NEMO RESIDENTS INJURED IN WEDNESDAY EVENING CRASH

 

Two people were injured, with one being a juvenile, in a near head-on collision in Scotland County on Wednesday.

The crash happened around 5 p.m. on Route Z, eight miles north of Arbela, Mo.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a male juvenile, 17, of Arbela, was travelling southbound when he crossed the center line in the roadway and struck another vehicle heading northbound, nearly head-on.

The driver of the northbound vehicle was identified as Lyle Seaver, 63, also of Arbela.

Seaver was seriously injured and taken by Air Evac to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.

The juvenile received moderate injuries in the crash and was taken by Scotland County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital as well.

 

 

GREEN CASTLE WOMAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

A northeast Missouri woman was injured in an afternoon crash on Wednesday.

The crash happened at the intersection of Highway 11 and 149, about 14 miles west of Kirksville.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say an OATS bus, driven by Steven Russon, 73, of Elmer, was stopped in traffic. While Russon was attempting to make a left turn, the bus was struck in the side by another vehicle.

That vehicle was driven by Raeann Kilgore, 24, of Green Castle.

As a result of the impact, Kilgore's vehicle traveled off the road, overturned and came to rest on its wheels.

Kilgore was taken by private vehicle to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Russon was not injured.

 

 

HOUSE PASSES BILL BANNING TRANSGENDER GIRLS FROM COMPETING IN GIRLS SPORTS

 

Transgender girls would be banned from playing on girls' sports teams under a bill advancing in the Missouri House.
House lawmakers voted 100-51 on Wednesday to add the proposal to another bill.
Republican supporters argued the change is needed to protect girls in sports.
They decried the risk of being called bigots, hateful or transphobic for proposing the rule.
Democrats at times wept and said the rule change could push transgender children to kill themselves.
Missouri's current public high school sports rules already prohibit transgender girls from competing on girls teams unless they're undergoing hormone therapy.

 

 

MISSOURI SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE VOTES AGAINST MEDICAID EXPANSION

 

A Missouri Senate budget committee has voted against funding Medicaid expansion.
The budget panel voted 7-7 Wednesday on a Republican-sponsored proposal that would have set money aside to pay for the program.
The tied vote meant the proposal failed.
Missouri voters last year amended the state Constitution to extend government health care to thousands more low-income adults.
The Republican-led Legislature is arguing over whether to pay for it.
The leader of the budget committee says it's now up to the full Senate to make a final decision on funding for the program.

 

 

 

 




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April 22, 2021

 

MISSOURI HOUSE VOTES TO EXPEL REPRESENTATIVE ACCUSED OF ABUSE

 

On Wednesday, the Missouri House voted overwhelmingly to expel Republican Rep. Rick Roeber from the House, who is accused of sexually and physically abusing his children years ago.

Top lawmakers cited the offenses he committed make him unfit to serve.

His now-adult children testified to House investigators earlier this year that he sexually abused two of them at the ages of 5 and 9.

The committee found records that show his children reported the abuse years ago but prosecutors didn’t file charges. He previously told the committee that he didn’t sexually abuse his children.

House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann, R-St. Charles, Majority Floor Leader Dean Plocher, R-St. Louis, and House Ethics Committee Chair Travis Fitzwater, R-Holts Summit, issued the following statement regarding the expulsion of Rep. Rick Roeber:

 

We cannot undo the inexcusable harm he did to his family, and we cannot change the fact his children have been failed by the State of Missouri for decades, but we can make sure their voices are heard and that this body sends a strong message in support of all victims of abuse.

With his resignation letter, Rick Roeber refused to acknowledge the irreparable harm he caused to his children and displayed no remorse for his despicable actions. Our Ethics Committee, the members of our leadership team, and the House as a whole were appalled by his lack of contrition, and disgusted by his continued efforts to avoid responsibility for his actions.

Our hope is that law enforcement will continue the work we started by thoroughly investigating Rick Roeber and the serious allegations against him.

 

 

GREEN CITY WOMAN INJURED IN PUTNAM COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman received minor injuries in a Tuesday morning crash in Putnam County.
The crash happened just before 7:20 a.m., on U.S. Highway 136, four miles west of Livonia.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers say Jessica Christen, 34, of Green City, was travelling eastbound, when the slush-covered roadway caused her vehicle to slide into the path of another vehicle driven by Ashley Jones, 35, of Unionville.

Both vehicles received extensive damage.

Jones was taken by ambulance to Putnam County Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

According to an online crash report, both ladies were buckled up at the time of the crash.

 

 

COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE COVD VACCINE CLINIC THIS WEEKEND

 

Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) is partnering with Boone Health and MU Health Care to host a COVID-19 vaccination outreach clinic at Indian Hills Park, 5009 Aztec Blvd., on Saturday, April 24. The clinic will be held at the Indian Hills Shelter from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
The clinic is being held at the park for neighbors in the area but all are welcome to schedule an appointment. Moderna will be given at this clinic so anyone aged 18 or older is eligible for the vaccine. The vaccine is free and no health insurance is required.
Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins are welcome. Appointments can be made by following this link: 
CoMo.gov/Health/fgfhysiispkd/?ap=ftyhkuio39ddd%*7_special_event or by visiting CoMo.gov/CovidVaccine and clicking on the "Sign up for the Indian Hills vaccine clinic" button. Those unable to schedule an appointment online are welcomed to call the City Contact Center at 573.874.CITY (2489). Second doses will be administered May 22 at the same location. 
These types of outreach clinics are being held to reduce barriers for Boone County residents to be vaccinated. Staff and resources will be provided by PHHS, Boone Health and MU Health Care. Thanks to Columbia Parks and Recreation for the use of the park shelter, Columbia Public Works for lending message boards and Heart of Missouri United Way for outreach assistance. 


 

 

 




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April 21, 2021

 

TWO PEOPLE INJURED IN MARION COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people were sent to the hospital Monday night after a crash in Marion County.

The crash happened around 8:40 p.m. on County Road 262, four miles south of Palmyra.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Brandon Wilson, 34, of Hannibal, was traveling eastbound along County Road 262 when he failed to stop at a stop sign, traveled across Highway 24, and struck a ditch.

Wilson received serious injuries in the crash and a passenger with him, Adele Wilson, 30, also of Hannibal, received moderate injuries.

The pair were taken by Marion County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill., for treatment of their injuries.

 

 

BABYSITTER CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE MURDER IN DEATH OF COLUMBIA GIRL

 

A 44-year-old babysitter has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of an 8-month-old girl.
Jennifer Johnson, of Fayette, was charged Monday after the girl died on Sunday night at a Columbia hospital.
Johnson was also charged with child abuse and child endangerment.
Court documents say the child suffered multiple bruises on her head, face and abdomen, as well as cuts on her chin and nose.
Johnson was babysitting for the child and her siblings Saturday night.
When the parents returned Sunday morning, they found the baby unresponsive and rushed her to a hospital.
Johnson was being held in the Boone County Jail with no bond.

 

 

DIRECTOR OF MISSOURI HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES RESIGNS

 

Missouri's health director has resigned.

Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Tuesday announced the departure of Department of Health and Senior Services Director Dr. Randall Williams.
Williams was appointed to the job in 2017 by Parson's predecessor, former GOP Gov. Eric Greitens.
Williams helped lead the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic and is leaving amid the vaccine rollout.
Parson says he's naming his deputy chief of staff, Robert Knodell, to be the state's acting health director.
Parson says Knodell has also been leading the state's COVID-19 response, but Knodell doesn't have a medical background as Williams does

 

 

REPORT SAYS MISSOURI LAWMAKER SHOULD BE OUSTED AFTER ABUSE CLAIMS

 

A state House committee report says a new Missouri lawmaker accused of physically and sexually abusing his children years ago should be ousted.
The Missouri House Ethics Committee on Monday released its report on Republican Rep. Rick Roeber.
His now-adult children testified to House investigators earlier this year that he sexually abused two of them at the ages of 5 and 9.
The committee found records that show his children reported the abuse years ago but prosecutors didn't file charges.
The committee says claims against Roeber are credible.
Roeber tried to resign last week, but the House refused to accept his resignation in order to complete the investigation.

 

 

FORMER MISSOURI CAMP COUNSELOR FACES MORE ABUSE CHARGES

 

A former counselor already in prison for abusing children at a Christian camp near Branson is being sued by another alleged victim.
The lawsuit accuses Peter Newman of abusing the plaintiff, who is not named, several times beginning in 1999 at the Kanakuk camp.
Newman is serving two life sentences, plus 30 years, after his 2010 sentencing on seven felony counts of sexually abusing boys at the camp.
The latest lawsuit does not name Kanakuk as a defendant.
The plaintiff is seeking $5 million.
A similar lawsuit by another anonymous plaintiff was filed against Newman in February.

 




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April 20, 2021

 

FORMER KNOX COUNTY RESIDENT SENTECED IN ADAIR COUNTY THEFT CASE

 

On Monday, a former northeast Missouri man was sentenced in Adair County on a felony charge.

Jonathan R. Prebe, 40, of Kansas City, Mo. and formerly of Knox County, was sentenced to five years in prison without probation.
Prebe, who on Monday plead guilty to the Class D felony of Stealing, faced up to seven years in prison.

The stealing charge came following an investigation of a stolen vehicle from a local business on September 12, 2020.
During the investigation by Kirksville police detectives and Adair County sheriff’s deputies, it was found that Prebe used a truck that was rented from a business in Olathe, Kansas.
Investigators were able to use information received from the rental company to determine Prebe’s travels during the time periods before, during and after the vehicle theft.
Investigators reviewed surveillance footage at different businesses in locations between Edina, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo., to identify Prebe as the suspect. It was also determined that the trailer used to haul the stolen vehicle belonged to Prebe.

Prebe was charged in November 2020 and arrested in December 2020. He was then released on bond while waiting for trial.
On April 12, the Adair County prosecuting attorney was made aware of new charges against Prebe being filed in Livingston County, Mo., for allegations of violations earlier in April.
After a hearing on Adair County’s Motion to Revoke Bond, a warrant was issued for Prebe’s arrest. Prebe turned himself in on that warrant on Monday, April 19, before appearing in Circuit Court with Judge Russell Steele.

Prebe is being held in the Adair County Detention Center until he is turned over to the Missouri Department of Corrections.
The case was investigated through joint efforts of the Kirksville Police Department and the Adair County Sheriff’s Office.

 

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN SUNDAY HOMICIDE

 

At approximately 11:16 a.m. on April 18, the Columbia Police Department responded to a report of a death that occurred in the 1000 block of Elleta Blvd. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered the victim was an eight month old female. 

During the course of the investigation, detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division were called to assist and determined the death of the infant was a homicide.

A suspect was identified as Jennifer Johnson, 44, of Fayette. 

As a result, Johnson was arrested for second degree murder, child abuse and first degree child endangerment. 

Johnson has been remanded to the custody of Boone County Jail.

This investigation is ongoing and is being handled by the Criminal Investigations Division. More details may become available later.

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

 

 

WILLIAMSVILLE, MISSOURI MAN CATCHES WORLD RECORD SPOTTED GAR

 

A man from Williamsville, Mo., caught a world record-sized spotted gar.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announced the news on Monday.

Devlin Rich was fishing with a pole-and-line at Wappapello Lake on Feb. 25 when he reeled in the 10-pound, 9-ounce fish.

His catch is not only the latest Missouri state record, but it beats the current spotted gar world record of 9-pounds, 12-ounces set back in 1994.

Spotted gar is rather common and widely distributed in the Bootheel lowlands of southeastern Missouri.


Because of the hard, bony jaws, gars are seldom taken on hook-and-line and are rarely used for food,” noted MDC Fisheries Programs Specialist Andrew Branson. “Special techniques are required to capture them consistently with rod-and-reel, but they do provide a ready target for the bow hunter because they often bask near the surface of the water.


Gars are generally associated with warm, sluggish backwaters.

They frequently rise to the water’s surface, opening and closing their jaws with a loud snap, then sinking below.

This behavior allows them to swallow air into their swim bladder, which allows it to function much like a lung.

This adaptation helps them survive in still or slow waters with relatively low oxygen levels, according to MDC.

MDC staff verified Rich’s record-breaking catch on a certified scale in Williamsville.

 

 

THREE MISSOURI RESIDENTS INJURED, ONE SERIOUSLY, IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Three Missouri residents are injured after an accident in Callaway County Sunday night.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 68 year old Linda Hoaglin of Columbia was driving the wrong way in the westbound lanes of Interstate 70 at the 137.4 mile marker in Callaway County at 9:06 p.m. Sunday.  At that time Hoaglin’s vehicle collided with a truck driven by 45 year old Joseph Wimberly of Odessa.  Both drivers and an occupant in Wimberly’s truck were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.  Hoaglin was taken for treatment of serious injuries; Wimberly was taken for treatment of moderate injuries; and Wimberly’s passenger, 21 year old Lucas West of Higginsville, was taken for treatment of minor injuries.

 




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April 19, 2021

 

ARMED ROBBERY REPORTED IN MOBERLY

 

Moberly police are investigating the report of a weekend armed robbery.

The incident happened at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, at Check into Cash, located on North Morley Street.

Police say a male subject walked into the business, displayed a handgun and demanded money.

The subject then fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

An employee and customer were inside the store when the robbery occurred and were not injured.

According to witness description and surveillance video, the subject is identified as a tall white male, medium build, and was wearing dark colored clothing and had a partial covering over his face.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Moberly Police Department at 660-263-0346 or the Moberly Crime Line at 660-269-TIPS. Any area residents that possibly have surveillance cameras are also asked to check their footage, and contact the department if they observe anything of value related to the investigation.

 

 

HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN OF POSSIBLE LEGIONNAIRES DISEASE EXPOSURE AT MACON HOTEL

 

State and local health officials are warning of a potential for Legionnaires' disease exposure at a hotel in northeast Missouri.

Two people were diagnosed with the severe form of pneumonia after using the hot tub or the pool late last month while staying at a Comfort Inn & Suites in Macon.

Officials say it is unknown whether the hotel was the source of the bacteria that caused the two people to become sick.

KMIZ-TV reports that testing of the hot tub indicated the presence of Legionella bacteria; all other test results were negative.

 

 

MISSOURI PREPARING TO LAUNCH $5 MILLION COVID VACCINE CAMPAIGN

 

Missouri is preparing to launch a $5 million ad campaign to urge residents to get the coronavirus vaccine as appointment times begin to go unfilled in some places even though the state expanded eligibility to everyone age 16 or older.

Called Stronger Together, the campaign will begin next month and will provide vaccination information through radio, TV, print and social media messages.

Vaccinators this week reported hundreds of openings for appointments around the state, despite the opening of eligibility.

State data also shows that just 33.3% of residents had received at least one dose as of Thursday.

Health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox says the number of public health agencies requesting vaccines dropped by half last week.

 

 

 

 




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April 16, 2021

 

ATTORNEY FOR BEVIER PRINCIPAL SPEAKS ABOUT PRINCIPAL’S REMOVAL FROM SCHOOL

 

KTVO has now spoken to the attorney for a northeast Missouri school principal who is suspended with pay.

As we reported Wednesday, Bevier C-4 Principal Jason Martie, of Macon, Missouri, was put on paid administrative leave on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

The reasons behind the move are not being disclosed right now, but KTVO was able to speak with Martie's attorney, Daniel Rhoads, on Thursday.

In response to rampant rumors in Macon County, Rhoads made it clear that his client is not suspected of any type of criminal activity whatsoever.

He said Martie's leave is related strictly to internal employment matters.

Rhoads would not disclose the list of reasons the school board put Martie on administrative leave, but he hopes to provide KTVO with a statement related to this matter on Friday.

Rhoads said he may also release the list of reasons.

The Bevier C-4 School District and its attorney are not commenting on the topic since it is a personnel matter.

The district has removed Martie's photo from the school's website since KTVO’s story aired Wednesday evening.

Despite that move, Rhoads said his client is currently still employed by the school district.

 

 

THREE CAMERON RESIDENTS INJURED IN CLAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two young men and a young woman, all from Cameron, were injured in an accident in Clay County early Wednesday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 23 year old Shawn Ward of Cameron was Northbound on Interstate 35 at Northeast 128th Street just south of Kearney at around 4:30 Wednesday morning. At that time, the car travelled off the right side of the road, down an embankment, and overturned. Two passengers in Ward’s vehicle were taken by ambulance to Liberty Hospital. Trevor Bates, 20, of Cameron was taken in for treatment of serious injuries and 19 year old Breanne Sample, also of Cameron, was taken in for treatment of moderate injuries. Ward suffered minor injuries but refused treatment at the scene. According to the crash report neither of the two passengers was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

 

 

RECOUNT BREAKS TIE FOR NOVINGER SCHOOL BOARD SEAT

 

A tie in a northeast Missouri school board race has been broken after a hand recount of the ballots.

On election night, Novinger R-1 School Board candidates Sharon Barnes and Robin Carter were tied with 93 votes apiece.

Adair County Clerk Sandy Collop told KTVO a verification team consisting of two democrats, two republicans, three employees of the county clerk's office and a member of the public conducted a hand recount of the Novinger voting precinct.

The verification team found an absentee ballot that had the oval next to Barnes' name filled in too lightly to be read by the electronic voting machine.

All members of the team agreed that the intent of the voter was for Barnes to have his or her vote.

That additional vote then gave Barnes the victory over Carter.

Justin Klingsmith, the top vote-getter, won the other open seat on the school board.

 

 




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April 15, 2021

 

BEVIER PRINCIPAL ESCORTED FROM THE BUILDING BY LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

A northeast Missouri school administrator was recently escorted from the building by law enforcement.

Authorities say the school resource officer led Bevier C-4 Principal Jason Martie, of Macon, Missouri, out of the school on the morning of April 7, 2021.

That was after the Bevier School Board put Martie on paid administrative leave.

The accusations against the principal are not being made public. Based on online court records, no charges have been filed against Martie.

Bevier Schools Superintendent Jean Patrick told KTVO Wednesday she could not talk about the situation.

The district's attorney, Anne Kerns, told us the school district does not comment on personnel matters.

A phone number listed online for Jason Martie is no longer in service.

 

 

WANTED SOUTHEAST IOWA MAN CAPTURED IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

 

 A wanted fugitive from southeast Iowa was captured late Tuesday morning in northeast Missouri after a vehicle pursuit through two counties.

Trevor David White, 36, of Centerville, Iowa, was taken into custody just after 11 a.m.

He was arrested on multiple active felony warrants out of Appanoose and Wapello counties in Iowa. Putnam County Deputy Julie Frazier told KTVO there were 47 pages of warrant documents for White.

Authorities in Appanoose County notified the Putnam County Sheriff's Office around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday that White was believed to be at a residence on Highway 5 in Putnam County.

The fugitive was described as armed and dangerous with violent tendencies, who was known to abuse drugs and was an escape risk.

During a surveillance operation, White left the residence, reportedly to get breakfast in Unionville, Missouri.

On the way into town, a Missouri state trooper attempted to pull over the car White was driving.

They said White failed to yield and led law enforcement on an approximately 15-mile pursuit into Sullivan County, Missouri.

There, he was arrested in a field behind a home on Fair Drive.

White waived extradition and was transported to the Appanoose County Law Center in Centerville, Iowa.

New Putnam County charges are now pending against the suspect.

 

 

COLUMIBA POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police responded to the 300 block of Duncan St. on April 14 at approximately 12:15 a.m., for a report of shots fired. Officers canvassed the area and located spent shell casings as well as a firearm in the area. 

During the investigation, officers located two juveniles that were in the area. Probable cause was developed to detain both juveniles. 

Both juveniles were released to their guardians.

No property damage was located.

No injuries were reported. 

This is an ongoing investigation. More information may become available at a later time.

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

 

 

TRENTON MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

 

A Trenton man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident in Livingston County Monday evening.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a motorcycle driven by 36 year old Zachary Marrs of Trenton was southbound on U.S. Highway 65 about 11 miles south of Trenton at around 10:15 p.m. Monday. At that time, Marrs struck a deer in the roadway and he was ejected from the motorcycle. Marrs was taken by helicopter to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City for treatment of serious injuries.

 

 




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April 14, 2021

 

A.T. Still University postpones public COVID-19 vaccine clinic

 

From KTVO.com…the following is a statement from A.T. Still University regarding their COVID-19 vaccine clinic:

Following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Kirksville Family Medicine has postponed its April 14, 2021, public vaccine clinic.  Individuals who had already scheduled appointments are in the process of being contacted and will be notified when the clinic is rescheduled.  Out of an abundance of caution, both CDC and FDA recommended pausing distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six recipients in the U.S. developed a rare blood clot disorder within two weeks following their vaccination. About 7 million people nationwide have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.  The FDA recommends anyone experiencing severe headache, chest pain, leg pain, or abdominal pain within three weeks of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to please contact your healthcare provider.

 

Don’t Let Bad Decisions Define You Drive High, Get a DWI

 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – April 20, also referred to as 420 by cannabis enthusiasts as code for smoking marijuana, has quickly spread as a celebratory day across the country. While cannabis is now legalized for recreational use in many states and medicinal use only by Missouri, it is still illegal in all states to drive under the influence of it.

             Law enforcement will be out April 16-21 to crack down on drugged driving offenders. “Driving drug-impaired or riding with someone who is drug-impaired is not worth the risk,” said Jon Nelson, chair of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while substance-impaired can be significant. The consequences are serious and real.”

According to preliminary 2021 data, 93 people were killed and 180 more were seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes that involved at least one drug-impaired driver. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminds motorists of the various options available to get everyone home safely. Designating a sober driver, calling a ride share or using public transportation are just a few of those options. Remember, if you feel different, you drive different. 

              “We encourage all drivers to take responsibility and make smart choices so that everyone gets home safely,” said Nelson. “Four key messages will save lives - drive sober, slow down, buckle up and phone down.”

Missouri’s new strategic highway safety plan, Show-Me Zero, provides information and strategies for all Missourians to help promote highway safety. To learn more, visit the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety website at savemolives.com, and follow them on social media at Save MO Lives.

 




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April 13, 2021

 

DEER CAUSES MOTORCYCLE CRASH IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

 

We're now learning a deer is to blame for a crash involving a motorcyclist in Sullivan County.

The incident happened Sunday afternoon around 3:45, on Missouri Route 129, eight miles north of Green City.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Carl Mendenhall, 28, of Unionville, Missouri was travelling northbound along Highway 129, when he tried to avoid a deer in the roadway, and overturned the motorcycle he was riding.

Mendenhall sustained moderate injuries, and was taken to Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville for treatment.

 

 

SHELBYVILLE MAN KILLED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Shelbyville man was killed in an accident in Shelby County Monday afternoon.

According to the Mssouri State Highway Patrol, a semi driven by 64 year old Thomas Davidson of Shelbyville was northbound on Route BB eight miles northeast of Leonard at around 1:45 Monday afternoon.  At that time Davidson failed to negotiate a curve, ran off the right side of the road and his semi overturned. Davidson was pronounced dead at the scene by the Shelby County Coroner. According to the highway patrol crash report, Davidson was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash

 

 

MACON COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HOLD COVID VACCINE CLINIC WEDNESDAY

 

The Macon County Health Department is holding a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Wednesday April 14 from 1-3:30 pm.

Vaccines are open to all adults, age 18+. We have 100 doses of vaccine for this clinic; once appointments are full, interested individuals will be added to the wait list for the next vaccine clinic.

Please call the health department at 660-395-4711 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT DECIDES TO LIFT COUNTY’S MASK MANDATE

 

Some heated exchanges were had Monday at the meeting of the Adair County Health Department's Board of Directors.

Members were meeting to decide whether to lift the county's mask mandate.

When the board put that mandate in place late last November, there were over 500 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and that number kept increasing.

Since then, people have been required to wear a face mask in any public accommodation or public outdoor space. In recent weeks, COVID-19 cases have gone down in Adair County.

The declining number in local cases has prompted residents to push for lifting the mandate, some saying it violates their constitutional rights.

Both those in favor of the mandate and those against it gave multiple reasons why the mandate should or shouldn't be lifted.

The health department board ended up voting to lift Adair County's mask mandate effective May 1, 2021.

It will be considered a mask advisory, and members of the board will continue to encourage residents to wear masks, but they will not enforce it.

If COVID-19 case numbers begin to increase again in Adair County, the board can vote to put the mask mandate back into effect.

 

 

 




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April 12, 2021

 

MU HEALTH CARE TO HOST COVID-19 VACCINE EVENT LATER THIS WEEK

 

MU Health Care is now offering nearly 7,000 COVID-19 vaccine appointment slots to all Missouri adults Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17. It’s part of a new collaboration with the State of Missouri and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services.

The State of Missouri opened vaccine eligibility to all adults and those 16 and older effective Friday. Those interested in receiving a vaccine can visit muhealth.org/covid19-vaccine-scheduling to schedule an appointment. Patients younger than 18 will need signed parental consent.

The first-dose appointments slots are available between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. April 15, 16 and 17. The second doses will be scheduled 21 days later.

The website includes a link to our scheduling system, called TimeTap. Those who need help scheduling an appointment can call our COVID-19 vaccine call center at 573-771-CARE (2273). The call center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

MU Health Care initially received 4,000 doses for a two-day vaccination event, but an extra day of vaccinations was made possible by an additional state allocation of doses to Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services for a mass vaccination event that will utilize MU Health Care’s vaccination site and staff with help from the Missouri National Guard for parking and patient assistance.

MU Health Care’s vaccination site is at the Walsworth Family Columns Club at MU's football stadium and offers the vaccine by appointment only. The area is designed to allow appropriate spacing, efficient patient flow and minimal wait times. For detailed instructions and directions to the site, go to muhealth.org.

 

 

NORTHEAST MISSOURI SENIORS TO GET VACCINE REGISTRATION ASSISSTANCE

 

The Northeast Missouri Area Agency has contracted with RSVP (660-665-8314) and the Monroe City Senior Center (573-735-2131), to assist seniors with online vaccination registration, coordinate round trip transportation to and from their vaccination appointments, and conduct reminder calls for seniors’ second doses. These services are provided in partnership with the Department of Health and Senior Services.

If you need assistance and live in the counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby and Warren, please call RSVP at 660-665-8314. If you need assistance and live in the counites of Marion, Monroe and Ralls, please call the Monroe City Senior Center at 573-735-2131.

All Missourians age 16 and older are currently eligible for vaccination. More information is available at MOStopsCovid.com/seniors or call the numbers listed above.

 

 

MISSOURI OPENS UP COVID-19 VACCINE TO ALL RESIDENTS 16 AND OLDER

 

 Everyone 16 and older in Missouri is now eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations.

State officials had announced last month that that vaccines would be opened to everyone old enough to receive one on April 9.

State officials estimate that about 4.5 million Missouri residents are now eligible.

State figures show 1.8 million people in Missouri - about 29% of the state's population - had received a first dose of a vaccine by Thursday.

Of those, more than 1.1 million, or about 19% of the population, had been fully vaccinated.

Nationwide, about 110 million people - more than 33% of the US population - have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while about nearly 65 million people have completed their vaccination.

 

 




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April 9, 2021

 

Marion County Wreck Results in Minor Injuries

 

A Monroe City Driver received minor injuries in a single vehicle accident that occurred Wednesday night April 7th in Marion County.  According to the Highway patrol 27 year old James Campbell was traveling Westbound on Route C about 4 miles West of Palmyra when he ran off the roadway and struck a ditch. 

 

Adair County Wreck Injures One

 

One person was injured in a Wednesday night accident that occurred on Mo 11 about 13 miles East of Kirksville in Adair County.  According to the Highway Patrol the accident occurred when a westbound vehicle driven by 18 year old Kameron Wood of Labelle ran off the roadway and overturned.  The driver was not injured however a passenger in the vehicle 18 year old Noah Fifer of Labelle  received minor injuries and was taken by private auto to Northeast Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 

 

Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Randolph County Accident

 

A Madison man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred on Sunday afternoon on hwy 24 in Randolph County.  According to the report 67 year old Steven Rich was traveling Eastbound on a 2001 Yamaha Motorcycle when he struck the rear of a vehicle that was attempting to make a left turn.  Rich was seriously injured and was transported by Randolph County Ambulance to University of Missouri Hospital for treatment.   

 




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April 8, 2021

 

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON STORMS CAUSE DAMAGE

A line of strong thunderstorms rolled through parts of the area Wednesday afternoon, bringing several reports of storm damage.  The National Weather Service had multiple reports of damage to tree limbs and power lines in both Shelbina and Shelbyville, in Shelby County.  There was also a report of a tin roof being taken off a mobile home in La Belle in Lewis County and a report of down tree limbs in the New London area, in Ralls County.  The same system prompted a brief tornado warning in East Central Missouri, with no reports of damage.  The only confirmed tornado touchdown during Wednesday’s storms was the northern part of the state of Louisiana, where homes were reported damaged in Morehouse Parish.  More rain is in the forecast for Thursday, across the area, but there is no severe weather expected. 

 

I-70 BRIDGE CLOSED BY TWO SEPARATE WEDNESDAY ACCIDENTS

Heavy rain was a factor in a Wednesday morning accident on the Missouri River Bridge in Boone County, which caused the temporary closure of westbound Interstate 70.  Five vehicles, including three tractor-trailers, were involved in the accident, which occurred just after 7am.  The patrol reported only two minor injuries.  They say one of a car hydroplaned and struck the right barrier of the bridge, causing the chain-reaction collision.  A second accident on the same I-70 bridge caused an additional closure Wednesday afternoon.  The patrol reported no injuries from that second crash.   

 

THREE HURT IN TUESDAY EVENING MACON AREA ATV CRASH

A Macon driver and two children were injured in a Tuesday evening in an ATV accident on a rural Macon County road.  65 year old Russell Goosey, of Macon, was treated for moderate injuries at Samaritan Hospital in Macon after the accident, which occurred at around 5pm.  The patrol says Goosey was driving the ATV northbound when it struck a dog in the roadway and overturned, ejecting him and two children, age 5 and 7, from the vehicle.  The kids were both treated for minor injuries. 

 

SILEX MAN LIFE-FLIGHTED AFTER TUESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

A Silex man was seriously injured in Tuesday night accident in Lincoln County.  The patrol says 56 year old Steven Norton was ejected from his northbound vehicle, when it ran off the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned, just after 9pm.  Norton was flown by Arch Helicopter to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, with serious injuries. 

 

KIRKSVILLE AQUATIC CENTER OPENING DELAYED

While construction on Kirksville’s new aquatic facility continues to progress, the planned opening date of the center has been delayed.  According to KTVO.com, city staffers had originally hoped to open the facility on Memorial Day, but Kirksville Parks and Recreation Director Rodney Sadler says that date has been pushed back to mid-June.  Sadler says a delay by the project contractor in obtaining necessary construction materials is the reason for the reschedule date.  The new Kirksville Aquatic facility will be located at the same site as the now demolished former aquatic center, in Rotary Park.  




LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

 

Adair County

 

Adair County Health Department Board of Trustees
(Vote for three)
Kylene Puckett - 1,085
Robin Jones Darr - 1,096
Curt Platz - 1,165
Sharon Colton Tuttle - 737
Theresa Hewitt - 621
Brenda C. Higgins - 1,472
Lance Ratcliff - 402
Jason Soseman – 794

 

 

Schuyler County

 

Schuyler County R-I School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Tammy S. Wheeler - 262
Wanda Homer - 324
Jennifer L. Pantry - 265
Rodney Veatch – 247

 

Consolidated Public Water Supply District #1, Sub-District #2 Director
(Vote for one)
Michael Oberman - 154
R.D. Homer - 260

Schuyler County Nursing Home Board Member District 1
(Vote for one)
Jeff Watson (W) - 1
Penny Swindler (W) - 1

Schuyler County Nursing Home Board Member District 2
(Vote for one)
Carolyn Vincent (W) - 1
Albert Burt (W) - 1
Steve Fuhlman (W) - 1
Kelly Lovekamp (W) - 1
David Dufur (W) - 3
R.D. Homer (W) - 1
Debbie McGoldrick (W) – 1

 

City of Lancaster Alderman
(Vote for one)
Homer Jarvis - 17
Kevin Buckallew - 41

Village of Glenwood Board of Trustees
(Vote for two)
Ward Clausen - 8
Marty Gravett - 1

Glenwood Village Question
Yes - 8
No – 6

 

City of Queen City Mayor
(Vote for one)
John March - 111
Write In – 5

 

City of Queen City Alderman
(Vote for two)
Brenda Barnes - 100
Becky Douglas - 87
Shane Aldridge – 41

 

 

Sullivan County

 

Linn County R-I School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Jack Green - 6
Crystal C. Palmer - 2
Rodney Seals – 6

 

Green City R-I School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Kellen Hatcher - 60
Jeff Kimmel - 38
James Thomas – 48

 

Milan C-2 School District Board Member
(Vote for two)
Nicholas Gardner - 104
David Richardson - 141
Kristine M. Good - 71
Rebecca Bennett – 100

 

Village of Pollock Proposition 2
Yes - 7
No – 0

 

 

Putnam County

 

Putnam County Hospital District Board Member
(Vote for one)
Sandy Williams - 540
Joe Ream – 135